20 Apr

Tips for Parents on Home-Based Learning

Tip 1: Get Ready Together

Set up a conducive area for learning if you have not done so. Check that your child has the necessary resource such as:

Password and Login IDs – It will be good to bookmark the relevant websites your child needs to access such as their Student Learning Space (SLS – Ministry of Education) and their email account providers (such as Gmail or Hotmail). Teach your child how to log in to the relevant sites and pin up their relevant login names and password at an accessible place.


Tip 2: Child keeps asking you for help? Create routines! 

It is natural for your child to approach you for help, but there are ways you can make this more manageable for yourself.

Set Ground rules with your child – for instance, exercise responsibility such as following the timetable, no TV or games until assignments are completed.

Be respectful – such as not interrupting when someone is engaged in a teleconference.

Set boundaries – such as determining what does your child need to seek permission on, when should your child approach you.

Agree on check-in slots for your child to seek your help or advice (such as 10 minutes every hour). This will help you juggle your work while supporting the child.

Devise a work hour and “who is going live” timetable.


Image source: Ministry of Education

Image source: Ministry of Education

Tip 3: My child is often bored.

Don’t confine learning to the work assigned by their teachers.

There are online platforms that offer non-academic lessons that will keep your child engaged such as our STEAM Learning @ Home Activities.

Kids can dabble in engineering and design, as well as Scratch coding courses that give an introduction to programming. The lessons aim to engage children of different ages and abilities, develop their creativity and critical thinking skills, and help them discover their passions. Choose to try the activities together with your child or have them follow the step-by-step instructions on their own.


Tip 4: Let your child pick up a new skill and get certified!

We highly recommend Coding with Scratch 3.0 Online Course which aims to introduce kids to the basics of coding. The block-based visual programming language is easy to navigate – kids can look forward to creating cool animation and games through guided tutorials. The course consists of five hands-on projects plus quizzes, spanning across 10 hours of lessons. After they finish the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.


Tip 5: Schedule in play time with your kids

It can be hard on your relationship with your child if your interactions are purely centered around following schedules and doing homework on time, make sure to set aside some fun time together such as playing board games or doing family YOGA together or even engage them in interactive stories!


Tip 6: Download the Parent Kit from Ministry of Education
Did you know that Ministry of Education has created a “Parent Kit” that provides tips on how you can support your child’s home-based learning? Click here to find out.
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