Tips for Homeschooling Success and Resources to help

No idea how to plan a lesson? Don’t have a clue what your kids are up to at school? Don’t worry…

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Whether you choose to homeschool your children or home schooling is thrust upon you, there are several ways to make your indoor academy run a little more smoothly. Here’s our round-up of the best advice to ensure you stay more Miss Honey, than Demon Headmaster…

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Create a learning zone

Set up a designated learning area in your home. Try to create a calm space with clean surfaces and no distractions such as the TV or the biscuit tin in view! This will give children a clear understanding that they are in a learning zone and an organised, peaceful environment will help them focus.

Prepare your equipment

Make sure you have a clear table/desk with all the supplies you need before you start work. Having to rummage for paper or nip off to find a pen will disrupt the flow.

Assume a teaching persona

If you’re worried about your children taking your authority seriously try to make this new learning situation into a fun role play. Assume a slightly stricter or more fun teaching persona that your children will enjoy responding to. We loved reading about Polar Post founder Charlotte Wood, taking on the character of Matilda’s Miss Honey in order to get her kids on board with her new role of home school teacher.

Find out what your children are studying at school

If you log onto your children’s school website there should be an outline of the topics that they are studying in their year and during enforced school closure teachers should send some topic work home. If information is hard to find, email the school to find out and ask your children to give you some pointers on what projects they’ve been working on at school.

Create a Schedule

A timetable written out on a grid is a really great idea to create structure and help keep focus. Ask your children to help plan the timetable so that they can feel involved and then they can colour it in and decorate it as one of their first projects.

Don’t tire them out

Children, especially young children will be able to maintain focus if they are given regular breaks throughout the day. Half an hour study will be much less of a struggle if there’s a change of scene before and after. Study interspersed with activities or crafting is always a good idea and don’t forget the fail safe offer of a snack and drink to keep energy levels up.

>> Some Useful Learning Resources

Twinkl – Teacher created planning and assessment materials and teaching resources for primary and secondary school children.

Audible Stories  – Download a huge selection of stories for your children to listen to. Fantastic authors and narrators will transport your kids without the need for a screen.

Travelandleisure – This website has gathered together all the museums and galleries that offer virtual tours. A great way to see some culture without leaving the house

Creative Bug – On line crafting courses with a dedicated section for kids with topics like How to draw Manga Faces and make your own Frida Khlao inspired headband.

Brain Pop – An online learning resource which encourages kids to delve deeper into a whole range of subjects and topics including STEM, Social Studies, Health, Arts and Music. Free during school closures.

Tynker – Coding made easy – everything needed to learn computer programming the fun way is what they say.  Suitable for ages 5+

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