Merri Ellen Giesbrecht:
Take note on the love languages of your children to fill their tanks before trying to lead them. Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. They may forget what you teach them, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel. Ask them, “When do you feel most loved by me?” Their responses will give you clues to one of the following: physical affection, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, or acts of service.
Ask the Lord, “What do you love most about my child? What is on your heart for my child? How are you praying for my child? …And I would add: What does my child need most right now?”
Parents, you are not alone in this journey! The Creator of the Universe is ready to assist. If you need help with hearing His voice more clearly, I’d be honoured to serve you.
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Rozsika den Haan:
Tips specifically during Covid-19:
• Very important to get dressed, just like school and work.
• Make a rough schedule together, with the expectation that it will not be possible to follow it completely. As a teacher, I’m always adjusting my schedule, and so this will happen at home too, so it is important to expect it and be prepared.
• Kids attention span dwindles as the day goes on. It’s a good general idea to start more difficult tasks first just to get it out of the way.
• Keep in mind that physically if kids are on the computer, their body needs breaks. We don’t have ergonomic equipment at home.
• Blue screen impedes on ability to have regular sleep patterns, make sure to not have too much screen time in the evening
• Everyone has a different way of learning. They are called learning styles: visual/spatial; bodily/kinesthetic; logical/mathematical; musical/rhythmic; interpersonal/social; intrapersonal; linguistic/verbal; naturalistic
• If kids get mad at you, remind them that it’s the teacher who is asking, and not get mad at you, just as they wouldn’t be rude or get mad at their teacher. You are their teacher now, so ask them to treat you like a teacher during school time, and a parent when it’s not school time.
Phone App: “Screen Time” – helps track how much phone is used with parent controls and locks.
Rozsika's website: www.educationheadway.com
Rozsika's book on Amazon: Getting started with online teaching? This book is for you! Let’s put aside making the curriculum, and focus on TEACHING. This book covers an overview of online teaching roles and tasks, learner characteristics, instructor role, and common responsibilities. You’ll learn about building student connections, setting class and assignment expectations, marking strategies and feedback, and using technology.
If any of you parents would like more detailed help, please contact myself, Nikki or Stephanie. We’d be honoured to help you.
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These 3 expert women were a great help and encouragement. In fact, the next day I was SO GLAD as their advice came in handy at my own house! - Merri Ellen :)