The UK has been on lockdown since the 23rd March and many parents across the country have had to pick up homeschooling for 3 whole months now.
Realistically the majority of children will not be back in the classroom until at least September.
With parents patience wearing thin and children refusing to do any of the work set, I thought we’d scout the internet to find some fun resources and tips to breathe a bit of like into the home school.
- Alt Valley actually pulled together a nice article at the beginning of lockdown that I’ve only just come across. I particularly liked the Writing Exercises and the sentence starters were a godsend when my son used them the other day.
- Less is more. This article hits the nail on the head especially if you are jiggling homeschooling with working or running a business. If you’ve been trying to fit in hours and hours of activities and it’s not working, give yourself a break. They only need an hour or two of focussed work. After the first few weeks we soon realised this and I adjusted my say so that the morning was for learning and the afternoon was work time for me and play time for them. I know this doesn’t work for everyone’s schedules but do what’s right for you and your family and don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty.
- You can still do educational things that don’t include school work. We love these 10 educational ideas for when you don’t want to do school work from Forgetful Momma. You’ll be surprised how children can learn in different ways. We’ve loved baking and gardening with ours to break up the boredom. Also the daily walk has brought up conversations around wildlife and the importance of exercise. Everything is a learning opportunity.
- I just love reading this blog post from unschoolrules.com. If you’ve been feeling like your head is going to explode from all the things you’re having to fit in right now, definitely go and give this a read.
- If you’re struggling with a child who does not want to do the work, give this article a read before you finally give up. It has some great tips on how to motivate a child to do school work.
I hope you’ve found this useful. Feel free to share if you did.
And if you’ve given up on home schooling, don’t feel guilty. Every child in the UK is in the same boat and I’m sure all of our amazing teachers will have them back up to speed in no time. I appreciated teachers before but I appreciate them even more so now! Who agrees?