The good news
Yes, there’s good news – we’re all in the same boat.
Although this can be a daunting time, be creative, be mindful and find a way to make this ‘new normal’ work for you and your family. We’re in this together, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re struggling; share some of the ideas and activities you’re doing with your own families – they might be useful to others.
And don’t worry if people see your cat, dog, child or partner during a video call, it’s understandable in this unique time.
Let’s get started
Draw up a timetable, and consider flexing your work schedule to accommodate the needs of your children. Where possible, try scheduling calls for times in the day when you know your children will be occupied, and plan activities that will involve your support, to fit your diary.
Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is hosting virtual PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday over on his YouTube channel – what a great way to start the day with some energy.
Why not tell your mini-me what you do at work and give them a notepad and pen or an old computer for them to act it out and play offices? They could even raid your wardrobe and dress up to make it extra authentic.
Keeping them occupied
Everyone loves Lego! Try the 30-day Lego challenge or task them to build something relating to what they’ve been studying at school – Lego Stonehenge anyone?
Did you know you can live stream from inside Edinburgh Zoo? Click here to watch the animals live. How amazing is that?!
Captain Fantastic is a children’s party company and they’re hosting 24-hour children’s parties online to bring families all around the world together for some fun. Follow their Facebook page for the party schedule. That’ll burn some energy off!
Have some fun together
Get out in the garden and plant some seeds; vegetables, fruit or flowers, the choice is yours. It’s great to get some fresh air and spend some time outside, plus it will be fun to see what creepy crawlies can be found once your plants are in bloom.
Why not task your children with getting involved in preparing family meals or even bake a cake? Plus, you can get them to do the washing up 😊.
Got a little performer or two? Choreograph a routine to a favourite song and film it together – you’ve got yourself a music video.
Other home schooling resources
• Bbc.co.uk/teach - teaching materials by age
• Oxfordowl.co.uk - great resources for primary schoolers
• Toucanbox.com - art and craft activities
• Phonicsplay.co.uk - great for support for those working towards a phonics test. They’re offering free access for the moment for children to use without a subscription
• Premier-Education.com - free resources for ‘after school’ activities
• Twinkl.co.uk – educational resources – games and worksheets (free during school closures)
• ed.ted.com/parent – video-based lessons organised by age and subject