During this challenging time, parents are having to adapt to becoming teachers to their children as well as parents and carers. You may be finding it difficult to balance so many hats but we’re here to support you with some tips on how to take on this new role as a teacher.
- Establish routine – Whilst schools may be closed, it’s important to maintain routines with children. If your child is struggling to differentiate between play time and the need to do school work, routines will help them adjust. Wake your child up at the usual time that they would get up for school, follow the usual “getting ready for school” practices and you may even want to get them to put on their uniform, so that they’re aware that today is a school day.
- Prepare – Plan activities and lessons the day before. Have the workspace set up and ready, so that your child can settle down to their first activity. Creating a timetable is a really good way to help you plan ahead. You can download a timetable template here: Timetable
- Remove distractions – If possible, set up the workspace in a room or area with minimal distractions. Being away from toys and the TV will often help a child focus on the activity in front of them.
- Check materials are appropriate for their learning level– If you’re using materials that you’ve found online, check that they’re appropriate for the age and learning level of your child.
- Make it interesting – The more interactive and fun that you can make lessons, the more engaged your child will be. Get creative and find ways to teach. There are lots of useful resources out there – take a look at our recommended resources guide at the bottom of this blog for further inspiration.
- Become the student – Allowing children to take charge of their learning and to teach you is a great way for kids to learn. Review curriculum resources and ask your child to take them away and make some notes to teach you about the subject. This will keep your child engaged in learning and give them a sense of accomplishment.
- Feedback – Give your child feedback. Mark their work and review it with them. Children respond well to praise and constructive feedback about their work. Remember that it is important to keep all feedback positive and constructive as negative feedback can make children feel like they have failed and they lose interest in the subject matter.
- Relax! – It’s important to remember that you’re doing your best and that is enough. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious by the idea of home schooling and like you don’t know what to do or how to do it. It’s okay to throw plans out of the window if they’re just not working and it’s okay to skip a day or two. It’s also okay to wing it – we all are during this challenging time. There are thousands of parents throughout the world in the same boat as you. The very best that you can do is to be there for your child/children and give them your time, love and attention. You will get through this and there are plenty of resources out there to support you.
Home Schooling Recommended Resources List:
- PE with Joe Wickes on YouTube
If you need any further support with homeschooling or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 241 2173.