Education is extremely important in the lives of our children and school closures have had a huge impact. We wanted to share some Top tips for parents homeschooling during lockdown.
Interrupted learning can deprive children of opportunities for growth and development resulting in fewer educational opportunities beyond school;
Parents may be unprepared for homeschooling during lockdown and may struggle with the transition to online especially those with limited resources;
Schools are great hubs of social activity where children can meet and interact with friends and peers which is vital for healthy learning and development.
Top tips for parents homeschooling during lockdown
As we’ve all got used to the numerous lockdowns since the start of the pandemic, parents around the world have had to quickly grasp and deal with the idea of homeschooling their children at home during periods of lockdown. From single mums and dads to big familes and even grandparents have had the job of teaching! Ensuring your child’s education continues during these tumultuous times is vital
To help you be the best teacher/parent at home, here are some tops tips:
With no schools, remote working and everything closed due to lockdown, a normal routine can be difficult. Whatever your new ‘normal’ is it’s vital to have some sort of daily routine to keep the children sane. Getting dressed every day when you have no where to go can be a challenge however it can prove to be a great motivator to start the day.
What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and it’s important that both adults and children maintain a healthy balanced diet. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, just ensure its packed with nutrients, with a good mixture of proteins, carbs and vegetables, followed by a healthy treat and some snacks to keep you all going!
The majority of schools are providing guidance and worksheets that children and parents can use to fill out their time learning. Use this as guidance on what topics and subjects your child needs to focus on. Depending on your child’s age and ability you may be able to just leave them to get on with it and check up on them when they need extra support. 2-3 hours of learning on the core subjects a day is perfect considering the amount of time children spend learning other subjects at school. For the younger learners in your household, you can implement a points system to motivate their learning. You could even get them to help you create the chart – another fun way to do some arts and crafts.
Make it fun
Learning doesn’t have to be just sat a desk all day. Children are not at their table all day at school. When you think about the entire school day, they are usually involved in many different activities. From assemblies, breaks, lunch, PE and arts and crafts. So why not take some time out and set up some of your own activities. Outdoors is a great way to keep the kids fit and healthy and give yourself some breathing space. A simple walk in the park with the family can be a fun way to incorporate some basic exercise into the day. Some simple arts and crafts or even baking can also be a great way to learn whilst also having fun.
Read! Reading to your child is so important and a great way to learn. Everyone here at My School Tutor is an advocate of reading and reading ALOT! Ensure you make time for reading everyday in a quiet place with little distraction as possible. You will get to spend quality time with your child and regular quality reading will help improve your child’s skills and will benefit to their overall development. Reading allows your child to broaden their imagination, it improves spelling and vocabulary along with their overall understanding. Make reading a permanent part your daily routine, as it definitely counts as learning.
Set up a school workspace
Try and have an area or room in the house which you can set up as a school zone. You child will then be able to use this area for completing any school work. Make sure it’s a clear and comfortable space and you child knows this is where school work gets done.
Get some help
Every parent needs help at some point with their lockdown home schooling efforts. Your obvious first point of contact should be with your child’s school. You may also want that extra support to fill any gaps in support provided at home or to help with busy schedules. My School Tutor offers online tuition with experts tutors to support your child’s learning.
Even 1 hour of professional support a week could make a huge impact on your child’s learning. My School Tutor offers small group tuition and study support at affordable prices where your child can learn with other children of the same age. My School Tutor also provide one to one tuition for tailored learning for your child.
Check out our ONLINE TUITION page to see how we can support you and your family. Alternatively you can complete our registration form HERE to register your interest and a member of our team will get back to you with availability.
We hope our Top tips for parents homeschooling during lockdown has given you a better understanding of how to successfully help your child learn at home.