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Get your kids learning online at Kip McGrath Education Centres

By Chrizelle Prinsloo - May 26, 2020
Get your kids learning online at Kip McGrath Education Centres

Port Elizabeth - With lockdown being our new normal most families have settled into a new routine, divided chores and decided what is simply not important enough during these critical times.

A big part of the uncertainty of the times we are living in relate to the academic calendar and how schools will be affected by an extension of the lockdown period. Many schools and tuition centres have made use of online platforms to keep the momentum of the school year going. Conflicting messages about whether children should be doing schoolwork or relaxing are doing the rounds.

For those who are in good health, this lockdown period provides an opportunity to clean out kitchen and linen cupboards. Garages and junk drawers are being sorted out and chores which have been on the “denial pile” for months are finally getting done. This is a valuable time to get to those annoying tasks, but also a good time for your child to catch up on content and skills which have not been consolidated.

Parents’ creativity is being put to the test to keep children entertained. Reinforcing times tables, skip counting or number bonds can form part of the daily “entertainment” without feeling like work. The internet is overloaded with at-home activities to facilitate learning. However, sometimes parents and children clash or parents do not feel equipped to really help their children at home.

Reaching out to professionals might be a solution during this time. Online lessons and activities based on the child’s needs and areas that should be improved can provide a solution and streamline to process. Doing the same activities incorrectly repeatedly does not help a child to master a new skill or concept.

Kip McGrath Walmer has adjusted their online lesson availability to meet the demands of the growing number of children who need additional and individualised support. Lesson activities are can be done at home and video conferencing facilities are available to explain difficult concepts “face-to-face.”

Being pro-active during the next few weeks will ensure that children are prepared and ready for the next part of the academic year.

Chrizelle Prinsloo is the owner of Kip McGrath Education Centres, Walmer. She has a background in psychology and has taught in mainstream and special-needs schools both locally and abroad. Chrizelle is passionate about helping children gain confidence in their own abilities and about finding different ways to help them learn. Contact Chrizelle on 081 707 9822 for more information.

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