Needs to be kind, caring with a good sense of humour and lots of patience. Would benefit from being able to stay calm under pressure and enjoy answering questions…lots of them. Needs to create fun, interesting and engaging learning activities. Ability to cajole and encourage unwilling participants would be an added bonus! Is this you…..? WELL…
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We all may not educate our children but we all guide our children’s learning in some way. We try to give honest answers to their questions (and there are many of them) – even if the answer is ‘I’m not sure’. Don’t be afraid of ‘home-schooling’ your child….just keep in mind that learning should be fun, keep your child interested and engaged. Don’t worry if you can not keep up with every bit of their ‘school’ work!
Keep work to short bursts- this is age specific; Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6) should be able to manage an hour at a time and shorter bursts for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Best learning happens in the morning. Try to do English and Maths in the morning.
Get moving! (Sticking to health guidance) bike rides, playing on trampoline. You can find a mixture of ‘keep fit’ style classes on the internet: The Body Coach– Joe Wicks; Dance ‘n’ Beats; Just Dance; Jump start Jonny; Cosmic Kids Yoga are all great fun to try.
Clear the kitchen table, roll up your sleeves and let’s keep our children learning. To help you I have compiled a collection of ideas I have used at home and in the classroom. Hopefully these will spur you on to think of others too.
- Plan together: what does your child want to learn about? What are they most interested in? Find a topic then create a list or mind map of ideas and questions.
- Use the outdoors: collect natural items- twigs, leaves and make collages, sketches, prints. Look out for mini-beasts in the garden, make a bug hotel. Plant seeds and write a diary of their growth. (Quick and easy seeds to grow- mung beans (2-5 days), cress (3-7 days) lima beans (4-7 days) radishes (7-14 days) lettuce, mint, chives, parsley and basil are also quite easy to grow.)
- Life skills: bake a cake-measure out all the ingredients (maths), cook a meal, teach them how to sew or knit. These skills will give them the tools needed later in life when they have to fend for themselves!
- Making models: playdough solar systems, castles made out of cardboard boxes, yoghurt pot spaceships, the possibilities are endless.
- Get arty: Collect pebbles and paint them to make ‘rock pets’; cut a photo in half and try to draw in the missing half; choose a painter and try to replicate their work (Mondrian or Kandinsky are good for younger children); still life drawing- fruit, flower. vase etc; try printing with household objects (potato, string etc). (You can find more arty ideas on Pinterest.)
- Treasure Hunts: hide clues, challenges or calculations- children solve each to spell out a word etc. Challenge children to find certain 3D shapes, or items that are blue, items that will fit in a matchbox in the house/garden etc
- Sorting: Collect a variety of household/garden items and challenge your child to sort them- how many ways can they be sorted? Can they find an extra item for each category?
- Interests: maybe your child can build a lego model and calculate the number of bricks used, look after a pet and write a set of instructions so that you could look after it, research a topic on the internet and make an information leaflet for a younger sibling/family member, write a story for a younger sibling/family member.