Wow, what a crazy whirl wind week it has been. We all knew the school closures were coming, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I felt sick to my stomach the moment it was announced. After a brief moment of utter panic and anxiety, I pulled myself together and began to formulate a plan for how me and my family would get through this.
I have been a teacher for 12 years, predominately spending my career teaching Mathematics. I initially trained as a Physical Education teacher, but retrained in Mathematics after my first year due to the teacher shortage. Recently, I spent some time teaching in primary schools; the majority of my time was spent teaching Year 6 – although I did work across all Key Stages at some point.
Like all other parents, I am about to embark on the home schooling journey with my two children. My girls are in the Early Years stage of education, but many of the activities we will do can be applied to children in Primary school in general, and beyond.
After my initial moment of panic, a hot drink and some much needed chocolate; I began to sit down and plan out our time. My biggest tip to parents, is to plan your time. Children respond to structure and routine, and the routine will help us as parents pass the time, reducing the drag feeling.
This is a generic timetable, which can be applied to any age group; although there are set times for each activity, this can be moved around to suit yours and your child’s needs. For example, we will likely shift the creative activities all into one afternoon and have a trip to the woods to collect leaves, look at birds, climb trees etc. If your child is in their secondary school years, you can switch their subjects of study in and out of this timetable. For secondary age children, timetable in lots of breaks.
I hope this proves to be helpful and provides some comfort;
This might look like a lot of structured work, but it is important to note; where possible, try to get outdoors (whether this is for a walk, or just in the garden). For younger children in the early years stage, there should be a lot of free play.
Over the coming weeks, I will be posting in more detail the different activities and lessons we will be doing. But here are few quick ideas for the meantime; t-shirt printing, tie-dye, climbing trees, bug hunt, growing plants/vegetables, outdoor chalk art, learning to ride bikes, fort building, scavenger hunts in the garden, leaf printing, and board games to name a few.
If there is anything you’d like to see included, drop a comment below and I’ll be sure to include it in my posts.
Important note; be kind to yourself. You are not their class teacher, and you’re not expected to be; do not put too much pressure on yourself. If something isn’t working, that is fine. If the day ends up a write off, that is also fine.
This is going to be a marathon for us all, with many ups and downs; do not be hard on yourself – I can guarantee that we will all be feeling the same way.
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