Parents often say their children learn differently than they did. In doing so a barrier is automatically raised.
The children learn one way and we the parents learned differently. We don’t have a common link. And then there is technology. Many parents feel youngsters have a route through to what new technologies have to offer that is impenetrable to them. A further barrier is created in the learning game.
Parents and children learning together is one of the most effective ways of ensuring academic success. It is not cheating to help and support a child’s learning. Rather like sharing and appreciating a good meal, sharing new knowledge and understanding is a powerful medium for academic satisfaction and accelerated learning.
The perfect triangle for successful learning is parent child and teacher learning supportively and harmoniously together. Understanding the technological world young people inhabit is essential to the learning together principle. That doesn’t mean parents have to be computer geeks, although if you are, that has to be seen as an advantage. A basic knowledge of online learning will open a world of opportunity for effective shared learning. Variety and immediacy is what appeals to the young learner and the majority prefer to learn visually. Sharing that experience makes learning relevant and meaningful in the modern world. It is of course true that online learning is only one way to achieve academic success and a love of learning. A balanced approach involving a passion for books, visits to the theatre and concerts, sporting events, museums and any other avenue where learning can be explored, is vital in developing a well rounded learner. The most important premise on which all leaning is based is that it must be fun, relevant and accessible. Online learning is an essential arm in that endeavour and sharing the learning experience in that way gives value and meaning to the child of today.
In summary, to be truly effective as a parent supporting and encouraging learning in the home, is to get involved in what works for them. Not in a suffocating and overbearing way, but by being sensitively in tune with the learning opportunities open to them online and sharing their enjoyment.