These are unprecedented times for your children who will be missing the daily routine of school and the feeling of being connected to their peers and teachers. There are things you can do to support your child at this time to encourage a nurturing learning environment. You and your child can create a daily schedule together of the tasks to be done throughout the day. Although creating a routine for children is important try not to take on the role of your child’s teacher as this can cause conflict.
Try not to worry that your children are not doing enough schoolwork. Engage more in child led learning especially with younger children. Younger children may enjoy different activity spaces, such as reading corner or craft corner.
You can give your child chances to help them feel productive while they are at home. Give them chores to do such as helping with housework or cooking. Tie it into a child led learning opportunity. It will give them the connection they need at this time and promote a sense of self-worth.
Allow children and teenagers some down time where they can do what they want such as watch TV, play video games that way they may be more willing to adapt to a structured approach when you need them to.
Your child’s school has likely provided your child with work to do at home via apps such as Show My Homework, don’t get stressed if you can’t help them, lots of teachers will be supporting virtually.
Remember this won’t be forever and protecting your children’s emotional wellbeing is paramount.
There are lots of engaging resources to support your child’s learning at this time:
- On-line Resources pack for young people children and families
- Free virtual museum tours
- Khan academy is a free non-profit which has lots of free resources online. They have produced daily schedules which parents may find useful if you and your child require a structured approach.
- Twinkl are offering a home learning hub for parents of children for all ages.
- BBC Bitesize provides support to learning 5 to 16+ from April 2020 to support with home learning they will be running a special daily lesson in English, maths and other core subjects.
- Chatter Pack have created a home learning resources list for schools and families for all ages covering all subjects. It also includes links resources for children with SEND.