Parents these days are increasingly feeling restless about the sudden block they are facing in their child’s learning. While online schooling has paved its way, the same is a bit overwhelming for young preschoolers. It is challenging to keep them engaged. They tend to get distracted or lose attention. Some parents are considering home learning. And are continuously making efforts to create a bridge for parents and home learning.
We all follow a daily routine in out lives for a smooth transition of our day. In-home learning, it becomes a bit difficult to align with a schedule due to other daily chores. But schedules are important. With schedules, the child learns the concepts of numeracy when activities are followed in a pattern.
Here are some ideas that will help parents to design effective schedules.
- Set a time.
- Include a call out song to indicate the cheerful beginning of the session. Example: “It’s time for Mamma to be Ma’am.”
- Begin with a prayer or learning song.
- Display your visual scheduler for the day.
- If for some reason you make a change to your routine, then discuss it with the child. It will help them to build reasoning and involve them in decision making.
- Plan your schedule for a period between 45 minutes to 1 hour as the attention span of a child is very short and they will soon start losing interest if schedules are long.
Effectively plan your Visual Scheduler with these tips.
A visual scheduler will primarily consist:
- Entry of time.
- Include daily activities with icons and short phrases. (Constant reference to these short phrases will make long term connections).
- If you are doing an animal, then put its picture on the scheduler. You can also draw it.
- Your visual scheduler should indicate the transition to the second activity. If your second activity for the session is a letter recognition then write the letter on your schedule and draw objects related to the letter, for example: draw a drum or dog for D. The child learns to understand the flow of learning.
- Add slots for independent play.
- If you are including a screen for learning, then put an icon for a screen with time indicator. Setting screen time builds mutual agreements.
- Indicate breaks.
Preparing some visual schedulers in advance will always be helpful. Alternatively, a whiteboard can be used too. It will eventually enable the child towards independently following the flow of activities.
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