Take the stress away
First things first, try not to let stress levels rise. It’s important to create a relaxed learning environment that encourages children to engage in their activities. This is easier said than done, especially if you are trying to work from home right now but here are a few ideas.
- Ensure you have a visual timetable planned out. You could do this after dinner the night before or in the morning over breakfast. It’s easier for kids to stay focused when they know what’s going on and when it’s time to learn or time to take a break. A whiteboard, post-it notes, or some coloured card squares will work, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
- Don’t feel you have to fill every second of the day. Make sure to leave enough time to complete activities and schedule breaks. There is no need to create additional stress worrying about not having finished an activity or having to rush through it.
- “Comparison is the thief of joy” is your new home school mantra. You and your kids know what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t spend any time comparing your home learning journey with other peoples. Listen to your child’s feedback, take it at their pace, and just do your best!
Let the kids decide
Kids love to be involved with decision making, especially if it’s about their learning journey. It’s a great idea to let them choose the order of the day. This way, they feel like they decide to learn and it’s easier to get them to stay on track. There are numerous opportunities to let your child pick and choose throughout the learning day so let them lead the way.
Get creative and use game-based learning techniques
Remember, learning is happening all the time and it doesn’t always have to involve a physical result. You can even try and incorporate learning into household activities you need to get done. For example, when you’re doing the washing up, they can spell out the items e.g. Green Plate. Depending on their age, activities will vary but kids will respond better to fun learning opportunities.
Games are another brilliant way to keep children engaged. A game can be created from anything so don’t feel like you have to put in a huge amount of time and effort to plan something. Just introduce a goal or set a target and you can make up whatever rules you like!
Make the most of online resources
Don’t feel guilty about using online resources, if someone has done the hard work for you make the most of it!
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