Summer Lane Tips for Home Learning
Firstly, well done; be proud of yourself for having a go, this is a brand new role which was thrown at you with no notice and no training and you are all embracing it- or you wouldn’t be reading this! I know lots of you are also working from home at the moment and we appreciate it’s very tricky to do that and home school – my staff are saying just that!!
Be realistic about what you can do. You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household. You’ve been doing it a while now so take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
If there are 2 parents at home, share the load. Split the day into 2 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work, or relax
Keep to a timetable wherever possible. Children thrive on routine. Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas! But if you do have a PJ day- so be it- we are all human!
Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership. This is also a great opportunity to manage screen time, maybe use it as a reward!
Try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible. The same applies if it’s not going great. If you see a meltdown coming stop it and either come back to it later or scrap it.
If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household.
Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day. Some children may like a visual timetable or a now/ next board so it is clear what is happening now and what you plan to happen next so they know what is coming.
Do not feel that each lesson has to be a whole hour long- short bursts/ chunks of learning are fine as home learning is so much more concentrated/ intense due to a much smaller adult: child ratio.
Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life.
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day. If you are lucky enough to have a garden and its sunny. Get out there, run about, play ball games, read or just draw.
We need to look after ourselves as adults too. When our mental state and physical wellbeing are looked after and we are healthy we are in a good place! This is certainly trickier at the moment due to so many factors- both inside and outside of our homes. When we are relaxed , we have a better pace and better vibes!
Stop comparing yourself to other people, I’m sure you have looked on many social media site for inspiration and seen ‘amazing’ thing done by others. Remember- they will have had bad days too!!
Finally, and the most important thing- take care of your family. Family comes first. If it isn’t working- stop and take a break. We want to support you best we can. Our website, Twitter and firstname.lastname@example.org email are there to help.
Take care & stay safe.