With the closure of schools across the UK, many parents have been thrust into a situation they never thought they would have to deal with – home schooling! However, this does not need to be as big and scary as it sounds; everyone is in the same boat, and you won’t have OFSTED banging your door down if you only want to stick to the basics, like English and Maths.
At Aspire Cambridge, we have collated some tips to keeping your children learning, but also happy, during this difficult time.
Make a Plan
Take some time to make a schedule for your new school. Plan what you want to teach your children, and don’t be disheartened if it is just the core subjects. Not everyone is a qualified teacher, and your best will definitely be good enough. Use all the tools at your disposal, even if it is an episode of Horrible Histories to get them learning about the Kings of England (grown-ups will also enjoy this!).
Create a Classroom
Whilst we know that this may not always be possible due to space or work commitments, try and section off part of the house that acts as their new ‘school’. Cover off the ‘school rules’, such as no talking over the teacher, no using phones during lessons or even whether or not you can use a calculator for maths problems. Tell your children why they need to listen carefully and do their work, and maybe let them name their new school, and design it’s badge to get them connected.
Establish a Routine
Both children and adults fair well from a structure, so make sure that, where possible, you have a morning routine. Try getting up, having breakfast and getting changed into a new ‘school uniform’ before starting lessons. Only use an allocated space for school, so that children will associate this with learning, and be able to switch off when they leave the area. Include scheduled break times and lunch times throughout the day, much like they would have in school, to keep a link with their normal routine.
We know this can be difficult sometimes; you are inundated with work requests and your child just does not seem to want to learn. In a close environment tensions can run high but remember that children are just as scared and anxious right now so don’t be harsh on yourself or your class.
Take Care of Yourself
Remember, you are now in charge of both staff and student well-being, so make sure that the school canteen has lots of healthy foods, you incorporate some sort of exercise (PE lessons) into the timetable and make the time to relax.
If you have any employees affected by the recent school closures, and would like to have a chat about your home-working policy, call our team of HR professionals on 01223 855441 for advice and support.
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