Create a stress-free learning environment
by Beverley Paine
The following is an exerpt from Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations for Parents of School Age Children
Create a stress-free learning environment for best results! Things that make it hard for anyone, let alone children, to learn are:
- Late nights, sleeping in
- Over-stimulation, especially social
- Problems within the family or with friends
- Exhaustion, fatigue, ill-health, pain, shock or trauma
- Poor nutrition, stimulants (caffeine, sugar), hunger
- Not enough water to drink
- Poor air quality (smoke, VDUs, dust, strong smells)
- Inadequate physical activity
- Chemical sensitivities, intolerances, allergies
- Loud noises, sharp edges, bright or flickering lights, bright colours, bold patterns
- Unrealistic expectations
Switch on the learning bug by incorporating these practices into your homeschoolng life .
- Uninterrupted time to play develops creativity and
problem solving skills
- Opportunity to work: chores, enterprises, helping others
develops work ethic
- Attention to grooming, hygiene, organisation
develops personal responsibility
- Children 'own' their learning - focus shifts from teacher
to student, from passive to active learners
- Mistakes are okay = learning opportunities
- Reflect on and evaluate learning, build towards success
- Incorporate mindful techniques: prayer, meditation, yoga, etc
- Be positive, encourage positive self-talk
- Discover your child's learning style.
see also Preparing the Learning Environment
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