Home Schooling Tips During COVID-19 Lockdown - Part 2

home schooling Apr 09, 2020

How is home schooling going? Better than you expected or are you finding it a struggle?

To help make home school more successful here are some extra tips to help you make your home schooling more engaging and successful.

If you missed part 1 of Home Schooling Tips During COVID-19 Lockdown you can check it out here

  

TIP 3. Cover core school subjects, but don't overdo it.

Some parents are feeling under pressure to home school their children and the thought of teaching lots of different school subjects to your children may be overwhelming.

As a parent you need to decide what you're going to be comfortable with. Your child’s school should have already sent home information about what the children have been learning recently, as well as resources and worksheets for them to complete.

Personally, my children are spending 3-4 hours maximum per day covering core school subjects like maths and english. That means they get to spend the rest of the day taking part in the subjects and activities that most parents actually want them to do more of! Things like PE, arts, music, dance, or even working on a creative project that really interests them.

 

TIP 4. Make time for play and creativity.

Give your children lots of opportunities throughout the whole day to play and be creative. But instead of you having to think of all the ideas yourself, sit down and work together on coming up with a list of activities that the children find interesting. You can then include some of these activities into your timetable each week.

This is an area of the home school curriculum that children can take more responsibility for and come up with their own ideas. By making time for play and creativity, this will help create a nice balance between the time spent on core school subjects as well as providing a mental break away from the current global pandemic that children may still be thinking about.

 

TIP 5. Get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Did you know that it's recommended that children should get at least 60 minutes of physical exercise and activity every day? This can sometimes be challenging to achieve with crammed school timetables and busy home lives, but right now we don't have the excuse of not having enough time.

Now is the perfect time to focus on our physical health and encourage children to get their 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. By making time for exercise throughout the day, the children and yourself can reach that 60min target! Exercise really is a silver bullet for helping adults and children better cope with stress and stay mentally healthy.

 

TIP 6. Support your child's mental wellbeing.

A lot of what we've covered so far will certainly help your child's mental health and wellbeing, such as making time for creative activities, play and daily exercise. But right now, as a parent, we need to be aware of how our children are feeling, especially if they have concerns about being in isolation and the ongoing global pandemic.

 You know your children better than anyone else, and you'll also know if something's quite not right. A simple step to take is to make sure that you're having quality conversations with your children every day, asking them questions about how they feel and encouraging them to share any concerns they may have. Just simply letting your child know that you are there for them and that you listen to the concerns they share will help them feel safer.

  

P.S. We may never again get to spend as much time with our family and children, so let's make the best of these challenging times.

 

Stay Safe. Keep Smiling!

Adam.

 

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