Advice for Parents
1. Don't try and replicate school
Nobody expects you to be working with your child from 9am until 3pm. This just isn’t practical, and is likely to end in tears – for you and your child!
During a typical school day, your child’s teacher splits their time between 30-odd pupils, whereas at home, they have your undivided attention, and fewer distractions.
In this one-to-one situation, far more learning can take place in half an hour than could possibly be achieved in a busy classroom at school.
This means that your ‘school day’ doesn’t need to be six hours long. You’ll probably find your child gets through their home learning in a fraction of this time.
2. Structure your day
A timetable is useful and for some necessary but it must work for you and your family. Will your children learn best early in the morning? Then do more academic work then and focus on play/being outside later or vice versa if you’re night owls.
I have attached a structured timetable, a less structured timetable and a blank timetable for you to choose which will work best for you and your family.
Less Structured Timetable
3. Balance online time with offline time
You don’t need to be online all day to get a good education.
There are some fantastic resources online:
have online daily lessons if you are really struggling with work set by the class teacher.
However, try to mix it up with practical, hands-on challenges.
4. Get outside
Spend as much time outside as you can. Not just for your sanity but for general good health. If you have a garden, take your learning out there.
5. Have confidence in yourself
Teachers do a wonderful job and they’re experienced. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot to offer too.
One of the great advantages of home education is that the one-to-one time can be really concentrated and really beneficial.
Your children have a lot to learn from you, not just school work. They have the chance to learn so many life skills - household chores, meal planning, budgeting. Get them involved as much as you can!
RELAX! The entire population is in this together. Your children aren’t going to miss out. If it all gets too much, curl up on the sofa and read a book together or watch a film.
It is our job to make sure your child will catch up when everything get back to normal. :)