Teaching is what we do. We love it, we’re passionate about it and can teach other people’s children all day long. Teaching our own children (we have five between us, ranging from 5 to 14 years) on the other hand…
We knew before this pandemic that there’s a different dynamic between parents and children. It’s why so many parents come to us when the weekly battle with homework becomes too much, and why we hear several times a week ‘my child would never do that for me.’
All kids are individuals, and recognising this fact is an essential element of the Kip approach to learning. Our families are no exception; you may recognise your own kids in these descriptions:
The elder of my (Liz’s) three children is motivated and driven; she’s completing work the minute it’s emailed by her teachers, even waiting eagerly for it to arrive!
The middle one is trying to get away with as much as he possibly can! He would happily spend all day on Minecraft (useful for keeping his communication going with his friends though!)
And the youngest? Well, he’s turning a bit feral! He’s inquisitive and loves learning about nature so I’m following his lead and we’re working on mini-projects rather than structured, formal learning.
Try not to stress!
As we all already know, this is not normal! Your kids are meant to be educated according to a curriculum delivered by professional teachers. If you’re doing anything educational at home (and I know many of you are working really hard at this) take it from us, you’re doing great!
We’ve seen lots of structured timetables bandied about, but that’s not for everyone, and it’s essential to do what’s right for you and your family. Don’t feel pressured into filling every minute of every day.
During this crisis, children are going to regress in varying degrees in terms of their learning. The main impact may be on those children now in Year 6 and moving to Year 7 and those in Year 10 who are entering their main GCSE year in September 2020.
Overwhelmed with online resources?
Some children naturally need slightly more support, though, even when schools are operating as usual. There is a lot of support out there, especially online, in fact, there’s so much free online content it’s hard to make sense of it all. Our advice is to start with something familiar. Take a look at the Facebook group we’ve started – Kip McGrath Hull Local Learning Group.
Along with our experienced, professional Kip tutors, we are posting daily activities for all age groups. It’s not all formal, academic activities and includes fun, hands-on stuff too. We’re also recording some video lessons which we’ll post to the group as soon as they are ready.
Kip McGrath Online Learning Platform
Unfortunately, we’ve had to close our tuition centres on Holderness Road and in Anlaby for the time being, but we’re fortunate to have access to Kip’s online learning platform.
We’ve always offered online tuition, and use it regularly with students who can’t/won’t attend our centres. We’ve obviously had to scale it up and provide additional training for our fantastic tutoring teams. It’s great to see that the majority of our regular students moved to online tuition without any interruption to their learning.
Naturally, some parents were wary that online tuition would be of lesser quality. Still, we hopefully proved that it’s not the case, teaching is what we do, whatever the circumstances. Some parents have said they’ll continue to use the online tuition even when our centres can reopen as it’ll save travel time and waiting around.
We’ve also had brand new students start with us since schools closed and the Kip system is so easy to navigate that they’ve got to grips with it instantly. Parents who’ve found it challenging to motivate their children at home (much like ourselves!) have said the online session with a Kip tutor is a lifesaver.
Teaching is what we do and the learning support your child needs is still here!
Both the Hull East and Hull West centres are offering discounted lesson fees to enable everyone to access their online tuition (no minimum number of sessions).
“These sessions have given me a lot of peace of mind – I’m not wired up for Maths(!), so these sessions provide my children with intense yet fun tutoring at the levels they were working at school, and to keep their brains busy, giving me more time to do other lessons and fun stuff!! Thank you – my kids love your lessons.” Lisa B