It’s a difficult time for everyone what with more lockdowns and tough restrictions across the country, and now with so many school closures and the implementation of online learning it can be especially difficult for all children to get the right amount of support to continue their education.
Especially with younger children it’s important that they get an effective home learning experience that fits well with your own home life, so whether you’re a stay at home parent or working from home it’s important that you prioritise a schedule of activities to keep them engaged so they don’t fall behind with their school work. We’ve consulted with some primary school teachers to help come up with some useful advice to keep your child’s hometime learning effective and fun.
Kids thrive off structure, so adapting your home routines is essential to keep them focussed and able to engage with their learning materials. “Try to do any maths or english in the morning, and try to save something more fun like art, music or science for the afternoon if it’s practical.”
Make sure you communicate well with their school so your kids have all the information and resources they need. “It’s difficult to keep children engaged with limited resources and activities that they can do at home”. Try incorporating plenty of breaks so they don’t get too overwhelmed, ply them with healthy snacks throughout the day, and above all stay patient. “Do something physical each day, even if it’s just loading up Just Dance Kids on Youtube and having a good dance around.”
If you don’t have the time to stay with them the whole time then you will need to check in with them regularly to monitor their progress. It’s easy to get bogged down with other tasks and priorities, but it will be much more beneficial to you both to maintain a disciplined approach and keep them on track.
“It’s great when parents have everything ready and easily accessible for their children so that they can be independent”. Organisation is key here, and it’s been proven that allowing children to have certain responsibilities can encourage them to take ownership of their own learning.
Keep their days varied with different subjects, and don’t forget that even playtime can be a perfect learning opportunity! “If they’re getting frustrated either change subjects or give them a break. Don’t sit there doing the same subject for hours, stick to a time frame.”
“It’s difficult to see how they are getting on, and having to slow down the curriculum and simplify it so the kids can access them with limited support is challenging”. Utilise all of the resources that their school provides, but don’t be afraid to seek out additional activities or exercises to help compliment their curriculum.
There are an abundance of online learning games for multiple age groups to enjoy. Here are just a few sites to get you started: