Although your children may not be able to physically attend school at the moment, schools have not shut down. You can still access learning packages and online resources for your children through the school they attend.
Tips for home learning during COVID-19
- Your child’s nursery or school will be offering support and advice so keep in contact with them and check out their website first.
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- Don’t try to complete a full school timetable as it isn’t possible and it isn’t expected of you. Try to design a timetable together which allows for flexibility. It's ok if things don’t go to plan.
- Home learning can't be replicated as a normal school day. There should be plenty of opportunities to build in time to talk, play and rest.
- Avoid forcing children and young people into lengthy planned activities, if they naturally respond better to a mix of shorter activities. This can stop them getting bored or frustrated and keep them active, interested and learning through things they enjoy.
Learning at home during lockdown can be stressful as it's a different learning environment to what children and young people are used to; so stress and anxiety are normal.
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How to help your child learn from home
- Access age specific learning activities for children and young people:
- You know your child best and you can make good decisions about what suits them and how that fits into your family circumstances.
- It is important to recognise when things are not going well and everyone is getting frustrated. You can decide to stop, have a change and come back to something later or tomorrow.
- Studies show teenagers need a lot of sleep. If they function better with a later start than they would have had in school then that’s ok.
- It's important to let your child make some choices about what they want to do and to have time to play and use their imaginations.
How to keep to a routine
Children will feel more comfortable with a consistent routine.
Try to make sure they:
- Get up and go to bed around the same time each day.
- Have regular meal times.
- Turn off any electronic devices, including the TV, at least an hour before bedtime.
Use TV and mobile devices for learning
There are lots of ways to help your child to learn.
Here's some ideas for using TV and mobile devices for learning:
- Talk with them about what they're watching. Ask them questions afterwards about what happened and whether they enjoyed it and why.
- Use their favourite TV characters in activities or games you play.
- Ask them to write a review of something they've watched or a game they've played.
- For older children, watching something in a foreign language with subtitles could help improve their reading skills.
- Try downloading some learning apps or educational games for them to play.
- Try sharing things your child makes with your friends and family online. Your child might enjoy seeing things they have made on the screen or seeing what other children have done.
Remember to set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices young children are using and supervise their use of websites and apps.
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Online activities and lessons to support learning for children and young people
Here are some online learning activities which you could use in addition to those suggested by your child’s school.