#6 When asking your child what they have learnt

Source from Jerry Wang

I don’t have a son or a daughter of my own. Still, I have met parents on my teacher meetings or occasional calls. They are surprised to found out that their kids did not actually revise the recommended curriculum for their tests and exams.

Before you readers start to rage or make a judgement against me, that learning should not prioritise only on tests and exams. I can assure you, I value the joy in learning knowledge and understanding a specific topic through concepts and experiences. That is how I enjoy my own learning and use the time to digest something I am working towards.

I asked parents after they were surprised that I told them I strongly feel that their child had not prepared well:

“What are the strategies at home that (Child’s name) uses to revise?”

Parents would often say:

“I usually asked have they studied or revised, and I trusted them to have done so. I am surprised that they have not.

“Teacher, I don’t know how to help as I am not good in the subject, do you have tips on where can I start?”

Because they willingly and sincerely wanted to take some time from work and ensure that they start little steps to connect with their children, I then told them:

Anything can be teachable moments.

You do not necessarily need to be an expert on a subject. Sometimes you can allow children to teach you about the topic by taking time to learn on their own, then have them compile school-learning and self-learning notes into keywords. They could even give you a presentation or a poster explaining the concepts to you until you are convinced you learned something from them.

If you don’t understand what they presented or are not confident, give your questions to them to work on it. Afterwards, give them ideas on how to find sources to solve that problem. You can ask your children to research online, watching a video tutorial, bringing that question to a teacher, or asking a subject expert online (some authors respond to their emails/Twitter, you can find them).

Parents then would be so happy and excited to have learned this method to start with their kids.

Being Asian, I know we all had that tendency to place that vast expectation for our children to learn concepts as fast as they can. You probably think the method above may take a lot of time. You probably being working parents, you made a declaration that you just don’t have the time to work with your kids.

But let me ask you this, what is your child’s learning style? What is more worth it than spending time with your children, knowing you can scaffold their learning from knowing to applying what they have learnt.

True. Life is hard. Time is limited.

But I believe you can make tiny 15 – 30 minutes difference by talking with them and spending time with them to be familiar with the learning journey.

When I have kids, this is one of the things I am excited to work with.

#parentteaching #homelearning #homeschool #homeeducation #learningathome

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