Original feature written by Rachel Ferguson on April 15th, 2020.
'Letting the kids be': Advice for parents on managing at-home learning expectations
Hasina Lookman is a mother of two and the founder and CEO of Explorerhop.com, an organization that focuses on teaching entrepreneurship and financial literacy to kids as young as six years old. She believes there are other ways to “rise to the challenge” presented by the pandemic.
In a phone interview with CTVNews.ca, Lookman said parents can use this as a teaching opportunity. They can show their kids how to turn negatives into positives by coming up with meaningful ways to spend their time.
Teach Practical Skills
For artistic and creative projects, Lookman suggests getting crafty and teaching kids the basics of sewing. With a growing shortage of protective face masks, why not teach kids how to sew their own? By showing them how to make the most of what’s available, Lookman believes parents are instilling resilience in their children.
Make Learning Fun and Innovative
Another way to make traditional learning fun is to incorporate technology. Lookman suggests having children create a blog or produce creative content for social media. For example, one of her students is creating TikTok videos about multiplication. In Lookman’s experience, children are motivated by the opportunity to use these platforms. These kinds of projects allow students to practice academic skills such as writing and math outside of the classroom through the lens of their own interests.