When teaching young children at home, parents may think it is unnecessary to follow a lesson plan.
However, parents may want to consider that:
- Children have extremely short attention spans
- Children can think of a 1000 other things they want to do instead of learning English
- Children often have unpredictable energy levels
- Parents often run out of patience way before the child runs out of energy
This makes preparing a lesson plan, even a mini lesson plan – extremely important for conducting an effective teaching session at home.
Creating perfectly detailed lessons are of course, close to impossible, since children have an innate ability to thwart anybody’s best efforts to follow a rigid structure or schedule. Also, creating lessons plans similar to what teachers draft out in schools demands some training, experience and a whole lot of time.
If you want to take a look at what a formal lesson plan looks like, you can download a sample here.
Let’s keep it realistic, pragmatic and achievable.
Ideally a home lesson plan should:
- Define the time allocated for the lesson: i.e. 20 mins/30 mins/60 mins/etc.
- Define the focus for the lesson: i.e. Words to learn/Information to memorise/Sentence structures to understand/etc.
- Briefly describe the activities planned & for how long: i.e. Use of assessment books for 20 mins, then watch a YouTube video for 5 mins, then practice writing for 10 mins, etc.
- Recall & Summarise: Set aside time to review everything that has been covered during the lesson.
Parents should keep a close watch on the time and be disciplined to follow the set schedule. As parents conduct more of these planned lessons at home, they will get an innate understanding of the appropriate time that they need to allocate to each activity. Parents will also start to understand how their children learn best and which tools work best for them. This will allow parents to constantly create better and better mini lesson plans at home.
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