As schools close across the Island, many parents are concerned about the disruption to their child’s education. So, what’s the best way to keep children learning at home?
Although we are offering constant support for parents during this difficult time and although we are just about to break up for Easter, the current situation may continue for a longer period of time so we thought it would be good to compile a list of quick tips that can help your child learn whilst they’re at home.
Here are five tips for parents and carers who want to help keep their children learning if they’re at home.
Establish a daily routine
Support your child to maintain a routine while at home. This will look different depending on the age of your child – for example, older children are more likely to adhere to a timetabled school day. Irrespective of age, keeping your child to a routine schedule will create predictability and reduce anxiety.
Ensure that the daily schedule includes a balance of academic, creative, physical and social activities with clear expectations for wake-up and bedtimes.
While social distancing is vital, staying in touch with friends is also important for all children. Providing opportunities to interact socially with peers will help children maintain connections and boost their mood.
So if your child is at home, give them a chance to connect with peers during their breaks, like they would during breaks and lunch at school.
Give your child some autonomy
Let your child create their own structure or timetable for the day, combining their ideas and home learning. If they try and schedule a double PlayStation every morning, then it’s probably time for you to step in, but give them the option first. A lot of parents will be impressed with the outcome.
Set up designated space
Children may need to move around during the day, it is good practice to have one or two designated areas for learning. Have your children pack up their materials into a basket so they can put them aside when they’re finished.
Our pupils spend a lot of time moving around at school, so it’s important to ensure that they are still engaging in activities they enjoy while they’re at home. If it’s practical, get outdoors, enjoy walking, cycling or jogging – following social distancing guidelines of course. Staying active as a family can also have positive impacts on mood for everyone, not just children, so it’s also important adults get involved.