“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9
If you are reading this blog, there’s a big chance you have a child at home requiring your help with their learning. As we read above, learning is something God invests in. From kindergarten to Year 12, children have been spending time learning from home during the past 18 months. As someone who works in a school, I value education so much. But as a parent and the husband to my wife who deals with our three young children a lot more during the day, I understand how incredibly frustrating and hard it is to successfully complete just one day of remote learning. But if we see learning as holistic and how God placed you in your children’s lives for a reason, it can be easier to deal with. You don’t have to be the world’s greatest teacher at home, but you CAN be their greatest mum or dad.
We have used the time with our kids to diversify the learning. My daughter Zali gets bored easily with online learning and staring at screens, but at just 5 years old she has learnt to play chess and enjoys the gameplay and strategic thinking required to protect her King and take out the opposition King. Most nights Nate, Zali, and I will have a game or two before bed. In chess, Nate has been learning about impulse control and anticipating my future moves, before making his next decision. We have been googling the rules, creating different scenarios, and watching videos on different openings (we like the Spanish opening). By learning together, the kids have felt supported, open to learning and superior to me at times when they pick up on something I haven’t noticed. For reasons unbeknownst to any of us, we now have been given the time and opportunity to guide our child’s learning, more so than ever before. The daily lessons we provide our family are less about our words or the activities set by their teachers, and more about our actions.