I wrote out a paragraph rambling about the situation and then I realised, we don’t need any more negativity so I’ve deleted it. Instead, I want to help you along in the preparations for homeschooling. I have thought up some tips on how to add a bit of structure, creativity and education into the day, should you find yourself your child’s new teacher.
- Create a timetable. Plan out a rough guide for each day, but this does not need to be rigid. If your children are old enough, have them design this with you so they feel involved and part of the process. There’s nothing magical about sitting at a desk all day so don’t try and replicate the idea of a classroom. Be organised, yes, but let it work for you and your family.
- Start a project. Use this time as an opportunity to start an ongoing project that you can build on. Bring in ideas such as internet research, DIY projects and presentations. I know my daughter is obsessed with the Titanic and we’ll work on that as a project for sure. Maybe explore a particular culture, time era or scientific investigation. Brainstorm ideas together and let this be your inspiration.
- Garden. Metaphorically, there are grey skies all over the place but the weather is actually starting to pick up. Get the kids involved with doing the annual spring garden clean up then dig out, dust down and use the outdoor toys. Could you have lunch outside, make bird feeders or plant seeds? Nature Detectives have fantastic ideas for working outdoors: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/nature-detectives/
- Learn a new skill. There is more to life than English and maths, so again, this is an opportunity to really think about what other skills we’d love our children to have but just never seem to get round to. Sewing, learning a new language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJHpRhFkNL8 is a great place for tutorials on pretty much anything and everything.
- Lastly, try to enjoy it and don’t put pressure on yourself. They don’t need to be slogging away at a textbook for six hours a day. In fact, they really shouldn’t be! It’s a time to be creative, imaginative and make the most of a bad situation. In these unprecedented times, we’re all anxious and little unsure. This comes out in all different waves of emotion but you will look back on these precious times with your children and smile.
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