At our tutoring centre, we have been inundated with frantic parents who have tried to teach their children during lockdown.
Respect to all of you. Many parents have told us tearfully and some tipsily that it is not easy to juggle jobs, try to ensure that their children are doing their schoolwork set by the teachers and then trying to teach the said work without killing the kids.
They have bemoaned the fact that their children either think or say emphatically that they DO NOT HAVE A CLUE once they have tried to teach them, proving all along what their children have surmised, THAT THEIR PARENTS DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING. Believe me, I have been there.
One parent, to her horror, found a pile of unopened assignments after three weeks of confidently thinking that her child was dutifully completing them, as a responsible new high schooler should.
The year 2020 was tough with many unknowns and uncertainty and it has thrown many people out of orbit. It is important to take a step back and breathe because you have knuckled down and done the best that you could do. Your knees might have buckled a bit, you might have lost it so now and again but you carried on like a trouper.
We have seen many children who have been trying to teach themselves, simply feel frustrated and demotivated. Imagine trying to teach yourself High School Math when you do not have a clue. Or knuckling down to work but giving up due to frustration because you needed someone to break the work down into easy to understand bits. There is a term for the backlog experienced by the children. It is called the ‘Covid Slide’. Yes, it has a name!! The struggle is real.
However, Candice Lapin states that it is important to have a positive mindset and instead of saying that the children are falling behind, see it as a pause and recovery phase. Over the holidays, rest and recuperation are vital for both mental and physical wellbeing.
We understand that frustration levels are high and 2021 could be faced with a bit of trepidation. Therefore, some parents have decided to let the expert tutors take care of the teaching so that everyone can have peace of mind.
We look forward to engaging with you. Please drop us a message or call or send an email and we will be happy to assist!
Sharon and the WordSense Team