Life is absolutely crazy at the moment, like nothing we’ve ever known. Up and down the country, thousands of children aren’t able to go to school. And are having to be home educated by their parents. To be honest, I think this is something which is completely daunting. So I’ve put together this little blog post on home school advice,to try and help you through the Covid-19 lockdown and make it out the other side in one piece.
Whether you’re usually a stay at home parent, you’ve been furloughed or you’re trying to home school in between going to work because you’re a key worker; the situation at the moment is unprecedented. We’ve never seen anything like this in our life time, and we’re unlikely to again.
These 6 top tips for home schooling during the covid-19 lockdown should give you a good starting point for the basics of getting through this pandemic. And helping your child’s learning along the way.
1. Keep in touch with teachers
There is never a better time to keep in touch with your children’s teachers than now. If they’re not sending you work already, then I should expect they will be soon! They should also be able to give you pointers, techniques and schedules to follow if you need them. They want the best for your child in regards to their schooling. And want to help you get the most out of your kids as well whilst they’re at home.
2. Be flexible & prepare for change
It’s important to remember that your child’s emotions are going to be all over the place at the moment, so although you might have one thing planned you need to take into account how your child is feeling on that particular day. Making sure that you are willing to change your plans and support your child’s learning in an alternative way, if necessary, will make things much easier for both of you. It will also lessen a lot of frustration for both of you if things change unexpectedly.
3. Plan the day
Spending time with your child finding out what they want to go could go a long way at the moment. With many days of home schooling coming up, it will be easy to get stuck in a routine of covering the same things every day. By planning the day, not only do you create a schedule for your child to follow, you can also keep an eye on which topics you are covering.
4. Take breaks
This is going to be tough for everyone. Remember you are not alone, and this is a new situation for many of us. No one expects you to be the perfect home educator. You’re not a qualified teacher and your child will be experiencing a whole new situation as well. Ensuring that you schedule breaks into your day will give everyone the breathing space which they need and a chance to unwind and relax. There’s nothing more important than keeping stress down at this time. So don’t underestimate the power of breaks in the day.
5. Involve the whole family
If the covid-19 lockdown hasn’t changed your routine enough already, then home schooling is definitely going to do that. You may have older and younger children at home, so getting everyone involved with the process can make things easier for you. It will also help if you explain what your expectations are of all the family during this time, so they know what you’re wanting them to do.
6. Use free resources
At the moment, many online education sites are offering free resources to help parents with home schooling. This might give you alternative worksheets, activity idea’s or subjects to focus on which are relevant to your child’s age and stage of learning.
So, there you have it. A breakdown of 6 little tips and tricks for home schooling during the covid-19 lockdown. Remember, it’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be perfect. But, you are not alone so reach out for support from those around you.
Are you a parent who is home schooling due to the covid-19 lockdown? Perhaps you usually home school and are used to the current situation. Can you offer and advice or support for other parents who might be going through a similar experience? Let’s get through this together. Leave a comment below, or drop us an email using our contact form because we always love hearing from you! We will be sure to share any useful advice on the blog and our social media accounts as well.