Under-5 Learning: Your Toughest Qs Answered!

We hear you loud and clear! Online, at home learning is HARD with children under 5. To try to support our readers we recently held a webinar with two renowned Early Years experts, Sue Atkins and Laura Henry. Their advice was so powerful that we have decided to bring together a series of video clips to share with you here.
This article is part of an editorial series on Covid-19
Covid-19
Do your children attend a Singapore school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO
Covid-19
This article is part of an editorial series on Covid-19

We are sharing here the very best video excerpts from our recent webinar with Early years experts Sue Atkins and Laura Henry. Our readers had many questions for Sue and Laura and those below were the most common and challenging of them all. We know that teaching your own young children, at home, in a socially distant world is a real challenge and we hope seeing and hearing this amazing advice helps get you through to the end of term.

Question 1 - Engagement

During our Early Year webinar, one WSA reader wanted to ask how to keep her 5-year-old son engaged in his school work.  She was also keen to understand how long an ideal lesson should be at this young age.  

If your child is refusing to complete (or even start!) their school work, it can be hard to know what to do for the best.  In this video, experts Sue and Laura share their comprehensive advice.


Question 2 - Focus

Help! Many of our Early Years webinar guests had questions around concentration and focus for young children. 

WSA Reader Nola asked "My 5 year old can’t focus on his online lessons. How do I get him to refocus?" Watch here to see how Sue and Laura suggest bringing your child's attention back to the task at hand.

Question 3 - Additional Needs

Supporting children with SEN to learn at home often comes with added challenges.  In this next video, Sue and Laura offer advice to the parents of a young child with ADHD paired with language delay. 

This advice will be helpful to all parents of children with additional needs.


Question 4 - Physical Development

One WSA Early Years webinar participant asked - how best to support my child’s physical development at home?  It's such a challenge to keep children active at home, especially as the weather begins to heat up.

Laura and Sue share their thoughts about the importance of maintaining physical activity and keeping energy levels at home, high!


Question 5 - Challenging Behaviour

A big question and one all parents would all like the answer to!  During our webinar, one participant asked how best to manage behaviour at home. 

How can we replicate the type of behaviour management systems our children adhere to in school and nursery?  Sue and Laura's advice might just surprise you!


Question 6 - Falling Behind

As the school closures continue, most parents will admit to having felt concerned at the prospect of their child falling behind

How does this concern apply to very young children?   Will they fall behind and how can parents help? This was a question Sue and Laura tackled during our special Early Years webinar.  


Question 7 - Screen Time

SCREEN TIME! With every family spending so much more time at home, those requests for screen time can incessant, how can parents get this under control? 

What is the healthy 'magic number' for screen time hours? Find out what Sue and Laura had to say in the video below.   

With thanks to Sue Atkins and Laura Henry for their time and contributions to the WSA Webinar and this feature.

Comments
Latest Singapore articles
Courses & Curricula

IB Results Day 2022: What You Need to Know

It’s less than one week until IB Results Day. Students will receive their scores n…

Parenting

Advice: Starting Secondary School

Do you remember your first day at secondary? The time you jumped from being a big fish to…

Courses & Curricula

4 Schools Supporting Gifted & Talented Students

"My daughter is a mathematical genius. My son is a musical prodigy. So, is my child gifte…

University

New UK Work Visa for World's Top Graduates

Graduates from the world's top 50 universities can apply to work in the UK under a new vi…

Parenting

Thank You Teacher Gifts & Ideas

Whilst some might argue that teaching is a job much the same as any other, most parents w…

Parenting

Top 10 Things Parents Do That Drive Nursery Staff Mad

Parents, listen up! Nursery teachers would like you to know that being an educator of li…

School Performance

WINNER: Best Schools Award (Singapore) 2022 for Best Early Years

Winner of the WhichSchool Advisor (Singapore) Best Schools Award 2022 for Best…

School Performance

WINNER: Best Schools Award (Singapore) 2022 for Best UK Pathway

Winner of the WhichSchoolAdvisor (Singapore) Best Schools Award 2022 for Best UK Pa…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All