Moulton student's help is there for parents juggling life and lockdown learning
A Moulton university student is offering help to parents and children who are finding home learning an impossible task.
Chloe Marie Wright, who is in her third year studying forensic science at the University of Bedfordshire, has decided to dedicate the free time she has available between studying to help others.
Using her experience gained while helping her mother who is a childminder, Chloe is offering free sessions to help with home learning, from homework to subjects which youngsters are finding more challenging.
She said: “When I saw Boris Johnson’s announcement I just felt so bad for the children and parents who would be affected by schools closing.
“I felt especially bad for younger children as what they are learning is vital to keeping them going.
“I thought that seeing as I’ve got the time, I’d look to helping others as much as I could. Even if it’s just an hour a week, I’ll do anything I can do to help.”
Chloe, who is currently taking her exams and studying from home due to the pandemic, has been spending time on video calls with youngsters who just need a little bit of extra help, which she hopes is reassuring worried parents.
She said: “I think a lot of parents are worried that their kids will fall behind and maths is a subject which has been brought up a lot, although I’m happy to cover any subject and go through the school work with them.
“I have been tutoring one little girl and she seems to be enjoying it. We’ve been going through English, making up stories, reading and going through questions.
“I really love it when you see something they’ve been struggling on finally click and they just smile. It’s so rewarding!
“I try to make it fun for them and I think because I’m not one of their teachers from school they feel comfortable and less nervous – they don’t need to be perfect.
Chloe also has some advice to give to parents who are finding the home learning experience overwhelming.
She said: “There are so many resources available online which are really helpful.
“If you just search for the work you can find loads of bits which you can give to the kids – there’s some extra work which is also really fun.
“There are people out there, like me, who are offering help for free too so I would say to ask for that help if you need it.
“I know how important it is for parents to be able to carry out their own work too, so that’s why I’m here to help.”
Parents who would like to make use of Chloe’s kind offer can find her via Facebook where she will be able to talk through needs and organise tutoring.
Head's tips for keeping a level head
Many parents will be feeling as though they have to become a teacher, while also continuing their role of parent and attempting to work from home too.
However, Bill Lord, head teacher at Long Sutton Country Primary School, has given his tips for keeping a level head during this challenging time.
He is keen to remind parents that they are not teachers.
He said: “First of all, stay calm and don’t panic – remember that the world will not end if a lesson goes wrong.
“It’s important to realise that this is not home schooling – as a parent you are supporting your children through their school lessons.
“Make good use of real life experiences, such as cooking or going outside.
“Keep in contact with your school and make sure that you ask for help if you need it.
“If you are working online, look at what your child is doing and don’t compare with what anyone else is doing.
“Finally, please don’t feel guilty at any point. You are not your child’s teacher and everyone is finding themselves in the same situation.”