Schools out and homeschooling is in! For some of you this seems like a daunting experience as you want to keep your children in the routine of learning whilst helping them to adapt to doing this at home. Luckily, this does not have to be as hard as it may seem as there are loads of fun and educational things to do to help your children continue learning while at home!
Here are ideas that you can add to your weekly timetable…
Joe Wicks PE sessions - During social distancing and homeschooling you may find your children are not getting as much exercise as they would be at school. Lunchtime fun and PE class have stopped at school but it does not have to stop at home! Go to Joe Wicks’ youtube channel at 9am every morning for a PE session that every kid can watch and join in. This is a great way to start their days and to get them energetic for more learning! If you’re not working from home, you can join in too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Timetable - At school children are used to a routine and knowing what each day involves. Why not create a timetable for them which is made up of an hour slot for each activity. Schools have been setting work for children to do at home so this can be evenly spread out. Plus this also gives them some allocated time for fun indoor activities as well!
Write a letter/email - To help with their english and handwriting skills it would be a great idea to get them to write a letter to a family member, friend or an influencer. This can be anything they want to write about and there can be set words that need to be used throughout. This is a great way to practice spelling and writing. Another method of writing could be to write an email- again this could help with spelling and have set words to include but also helps with IT skills.
Create and play - It is always fun creating something new but to make it educational, why not play with it after? Make a game that can be linked to a subject, create this by using their imagination and creative skills. This game will involve the children working out how to play and making a set of rules to follow. Once the game has been created, they can then play and learn at the same time.
Lunch - When lunchtime arrives, the children normally go out and play after eating their lunches. Why not make it a fun activity to make their own lunch which will teach them key skills in the kitchen and let them have more control over what they eat. You may find this could help with children finishing their lunches and learning about healthy eating too.
Edinburgh Zoo - Obviously during the Easter holidays, there are many zoos and farms that children would love to visit. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances we find ourselves in visits like these may not be possible this school break. However, Edinburgh Zoo has set up live cameras in the animal enclosures. You can go on to their website to watch the animals live at the zoo! This is a fantastic way to keep your children engaged and not running around the house! It’s also a great way to learn about nature and wildlife. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/
Online resources - We are lucky to have the ability to access educational resources online. There are many websites that cater to all ages ranging from primary to secondary school. Children can do online activities for subjects such as Maths, English, Science and many more. This is perfect if you are working from home and need to concentrate on your work at the same time. A popular website is the BBC, who have educational learning sessions for all ages. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Netflix Documentaries - Netflix has a range of educational documentaries, a popular one being Blue Planet. When searching genres, you can watch programmes on science, nature and arts, plus an early learning section. This could be a good method of learning whilst you are working from home.
Science experiment - An educational and proactive science experiment that is simple enough to conduct at home. Plant a few seeds in three pots and place them around the house in the following positions: One pot can be in a dark cupboard, the other can be at the window where there is light and then the other plant can be in the kitchen away from natural light but not in complete darkness. Monitor these plants daily and record the changes in each one plus the differences between them all.
Reading - Back to basics, give them tasks to expand on their vocabulary and enhance their reading. Schools do this regularly to allow children to improve and progress to new levels. Keep them in practice and introduce them to new words.
This can be a challenging time for parents that are working from home and are now needing to more closely support their children's learning. We hope that these ideas can help with your weekly rota and keep your children entertained.
If you still need some support, reach out to teachers or other parents online and on social media. There are many people around that can offer support.
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