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The reality of educating your child at home for an unspecified period during the coronavirus pandemic can be daunting, to say the least.

It’s important to remember that nobody is expecting perfection. This situation is new to many of us – and we may never have considered home educating before.

It’s okay to have doubts and make mistakes, but having some structure to your day could help you and your child through the weeks ahead.

Nobody expects you to be working with your child from 9am until 3pm. This just isn’t practical, and is likely to end in tears – for you and your child!

During a typical school day, your child’s teacher splits their time between 30-odd pupils, whereas at home, they have your undivided attention, and fewer distractions.

In this one-to-one situation, far more learning can take place in half an hour than could possibly be achieved in a busy classroom at school – even if you’re not an expert home educator.

This means that your ‘school day’ doesn’t need to be six hours long. You’ll probably find your child gets through their home learning in a fraction of this time.

When it comes to planning your day, there’s no such thing as a right or wrong schedule.

Some children may work best if they work in short 15-minute bursts throughout the day, while others may be better suited to a longer, more focused session.

Some will want to get their learning out of the way in the morning, but others may be more alert and ready to learn after a chilled-out morning and some lunch.

If your child is older and beginning to show independence, you may simply be able to give them their daily activities and let them choose when they complete them, but be clear that all the day’s activities need to be completed within a certain time frame.

Younger children will need more supervision, but the amount of work that they need to do, and the depth in which they explore it, will be short.

Despite not having to get to school, it’s still good practice for your child to be up, dressed and ready for the day by 9am. 

It has been suggested that maintaining a regular waking time and bedtime will stop your days spiralling out of control and help your child to stay in a healthy routine for when they do return to school.

A teacher's top tips for making home learning work

  • Try not to worry about the limits of your own knowledge, and how you’ll be able to teach your children subjects and topics that you don’t understand yourself. Rather than letting it paralyse you, own up to the fact that you don’t know something, and use it as an opportunity to learn with your child. You might be surprised what they can teach you, and explaining their work to you will consolidate their knowledge.
  • Don’t be too rigid in your approach to home learning. Many new home educators try to timetable the day as it would be at school, but this will lead to burn out and frustration for you and your child, as it’s far too intense. Trying to do too much will only deter your child from learning.
  • There’s an abundance of information and guidance out there for parents, and with so many amazing resources at hand, there’s no reason why you can’t help to keep your child’s learning on track. It’s amazing what mathematical strategies can be understood by watching a well-made, reputable YouTube video!
  • It’s normal for your child to behave differently for you than they would with their class teacher, so don’t be discouraged if they push back against home learning. Discuss the situation with them, and encourage them to help plan their learning activities. This will help them to feel like a partner in the process, rather than simply being made to do it by Mum or Dad. 
  • If your child struggles to adapt, try introducing activities slowly, starting with just one or two a day. You might also want to create a simple reward system to encourage them to complete activities.
  • Plan breaks and free time around the learning activities. Encourage your child to play board games, build with Lego, play in the garden and bake. You’ll be surprised by how much English, maths and science can be incorporated into a good creative play session.
  • Use Facebook groups like Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas and HE UK School Closure Support Forum to share ideas and support each other.
  • Keep reminding yourself that there’s no single right way of doing this. This is a very unique set of circumstances, and we’ll all find a way through it in different ways. Remember, whether or not they’re engaged in homework, your child will be learning from you, and showing resilience, determination and flexibility will equip your child with skills for life.

 

 

Suggested Timetable

 

Some pupils have asked us for a possible timetable for their day, so here is the suggestion.                               

Many thanks to Abbey and Lewis for their help.

 

Recording what you do each day would be helpful.

 

9:00am – 9:30am

Phonics revision or spellings practise.

9:30am – 10:00am

Enjoy a book – don’t forget to collect those minutes!

10:00am – 10:15am

Snack/drink and run-around.

10:15am – 11:00am

Do some maths. Practising Tables and Number bonds is most important. Do a worksheet or two from the website.

11:00am – 11:30am

Do some English – writing/ reading comprehension/ grammar. These can be found on the school website in the relevant class information.

11:30am – 12:30

Go for a walk around your garden, or to the park if safe to.

Check on family by facetime or neighbours over the fence! (Remember to keep approximately 2 meters away!)

12:30 – 1:30pm

Relax and have some lunch.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Enjoy a book - don’t forget to collect those minutes!

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Topic time! Do some science/history/geography/RE.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Creative time! Do some music/art/design technology.

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