COVID-19 has certainly extended the usual ‘summer slide’, leaving many parents and teachers worried about learning gaps forming after months of disrupted school work. Statistics have even shown that as a result of prolonged school closures, kids everywhere will most likely be experiencing some kind of learning loss, and in some cases, a reversal of academic progress. To avoid falling behind, here are some useful tips for filling in the gaps in your child’s learning and combating the COVID slide!
Identify Areas That Need Extra Work
Start by helping your kids identify the gaps in their learning, so work can begin on filling them in. Either ask your child’s teacher if there are any areas of their work that needs attention or ask your child what they’re finding difficult or struggling to understand. Once you have pinpointed the areas that need attention, you can start looking at resources and activities that can help build up that knowledge in that specific area.
Know Your Child’s Learning Style
When it comes to additional learning, it’s important to determine your child’s learning style. This will help you understand how your child processes information, retains facts, and will also make filling in learning gaps much easier. Our helpful blog posts on learning styles should give you all the key information you need to get started.
Use Learning Apps
Learning apps are a great resource when it comes to filling in learning gaps. Not only are they fun and engaging, but there’s loads of different subjects to choose from for all different levels. They also fit in spare pockets of time and for lots of kids feels like playing a game, meaning they’ll be much more motivated to learn! Be sure to check out our blog post with 8 of our favourite educational apps to choose from.
Work Closely With Their Teachers
It’s important for parents to work closely with their child’s teacher by supporting them and keeping the lines of communication open. Most teachers will be able to provide useful tips or extra resources for the specific gaps in learning your kids might be experiencing.
Get Your Kids Reading
Reading is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable activities for kids to do to help counteract learning gaps. Not only is it a fantastic activity to engage your child’s imagination but also helps with literacy skills, comprehension and vocabulary.
Hire A Tutor
When it comes to filling in larger gaps due to the COVID slide, it’s an excellent idea to consider getting your child to work with one of our tutors to help them get up to date with their learning. Not only will working with a tutor give your child dedicated learning time, our tutors can also assist in identifying other gaps in their knowledge and work to build back lost learning. For more information on our tailored one-to-one online programs, click here.
For more information on learning gaps and what they are, read this insightful blog post.