How to get help with homeschooling
Last updated: 8 April, 2020
It’s important for children to continue with education at home and stay entertained:
to give them a routine and structure to their day
so that they can continue to learn when schools are closed
for physical and mental wellbeing
to allow you to do fun things together as a family
What you need
a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone with an in-built camera and microphone
access to wifi
pencils, pens and paper
materials for arts and crafts (optional)
cooking ingredients (optional)
your child’s favourite films (optional)
Top tips for homeschooling
1Provide a space for your child to learn
If you are able, set up a space for your child to work. This will help them to understand where home time ends and school time begins.
If this isn’t possible, after the school day is over, clear all school work out of the way so that your child can relax.
2Create a routine for your child
Write up a schedule for the subjects that will be covered in the day or week. Include time for breaks and fun.
In between classes, allow your child to unwind. If you have some basic materials at the ready, they could also get creative with arts and crafts.
3Use some educational resources
There are many resources that can help you when educating your children from home. These might help:
the government has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
get support from your local council with home education
BBC Bitesize offers revision and learning material for children of all ages
We Are Teachers a website that usually provides materials for teaching staff, can now be used by parents who are homeschooling for information, inspiration and resources
Teach provides learning materials for primary and secondary school pupils
Circletime offers online video classes for younger learners between the ages of 0 and 6
Classroom Secrets provides games, video tutorials and downloadable learning packs for younger schoolchildren
Oxford Owl offers free educational advice, activities and games for children aged between 3 to 11
Good2Learn has Maths and English lessons that are aligned with the National Curriculum for children aged 7 to 11
Busuu is offering free language lessons online for children aged 14 and under
FutureLearn has plenty of online courses available, from beginner to undergraduate level
to learn digital and computing skills there are resources on IDEA
Khan Academy offers free courses on most subjects
These public figures are running regular classes and sessions
wildlife with Steve Backshall is answering children’s wildlife, conservation and geography questions
science and nature with Maddie Moate is every weekday at 11am on YouTube
4Get inventive with tasks
Your child might be finding it strange being out of the school environment and learning at home. Setting challenges for your child can be educational and fun. You could try:
encouraging your child to write a letter to an isolated family member, friend or neighbour
asking your child if there is a holiday destination that they’d like to visit - ask them to research the destination and present back to you their findings
getting your child to cook or bake one of their favourite foods by following a recipe
watching a film with your child and getting them to be a film reviewer and give their rating of it
letting your child be the teacher - pick a topic they are passionate about and let them teach you all they know
creating a treasure hunt for your child with educational clues
5Keep your child active
Try to maintain hobbies that your child has enjoyed for a while if possible. There are other ways for your child to stay active:
every day, Joe Wicks is hosting PE lessons - join in live at 9am or watch later anytime on YouTube
for younger children, try out yoga classes on Cosmic Kids
learn to dance with Oti Mabuse every day
6Create a supportive environment
Your child might need a lot of support at the moment. Ask them how they are feeling, try to explain it to them in simple terms and give them plenty of reassurance.
Get help for yourself - reach out to friends and family if possible, for emotional support and to share tips. There are online groups too, such as Facebook groups, for supporting one another and sharing tips.
7Make time for yourself
Make time for yourself, this will help you stay energised for your child.
Try and have a proper split between work, school, fun and rest. Take it easy on yourself and be proud of what you achieve with your child during this time.
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