As I’m sure you are aware, a huge percentage of UK parents are having to begin home educating their children this week. With Coronavirus holding a tight grip on the nation, and indeed the world, schools are closed in a bid to keep our children and the general public safe. However, for parents like myself who do not home educate under normal circumstances, the thought of home educating is scary.
Now that I’ve done plenty of research and prepared for the weeks and months ahead, I’m here to provide you with ideas and resources that will help you begin and maintain home educating your children during this period of isolation.
It’s important to note that you do not need to fill 5-6 hours a day with education activities and learning. You are allowed to have fun with your children too! You are bound to feel like your doing it wrong at some point. Remember, it’s not just the children that are adjusting, so are you. I hope the ideas and resources listed below make home educating your children just a little bit easier.
If you’d like to add anything else to the list that you feel is beneficial for others, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of the post or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. After all, we are in this together.
The ideas and resources you require/use will depend on the age of your children and the topics they have been learning about. However, if you feel your child/children need extra help that you are unequipped to provide, take a look at Tutor House. Tutor House helps you find the right tutor for your needs. You can easily find and contact tutors who specialise in a particular subject at varying education levels. You can even find tutors who offer online tutoring. If you’d prefer a face-to-face tutor, simply type in your postcode to discover tutors in your area.
When entering into the world of home educating, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You are probably concerned that you don’t have any of the learning materials and tools you’ll need. But, if you look around your home, you’ll find that you have an abundance of materials you can use. For example:
- Lego – you can use Lego in Mathematics to help children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with individual blocks.
- Pantry ingredients – did you know you can use basic ingredients such as salt, pepper and vinegar in science experiments? If you have Coca-Cola and Mentos, you can create a volcano which children find fascinating.
- YouTube is your new Physical Education saviour. PE is a hugely important part of the curriculum but you don’t need gym equipment and huge fields to do it. Check out Cosmic Kids and The Body Coach.
You can also find heaps of age appropriate worksheets and activities on Twinkl, which is fantastic if you have a printer and printer ink readily available. If you don’t, get creative and make your own worksheets for the children to complete. It’s easier than you think, all you need is paper, pencils and imagination.
Last but not least, don’t forget your garden! If you have a patio, then you have a perfect art canvas – just add chalk. The plants in your garden are a science lesson in themselves. The sound of birds singing is perfect for inspiring poetry.