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happylittlegems top tips for home schooling:

Over the last week there's been some frighteningly action packed timetables flying about, but I'm here as a teaching professional and a parent coach to give you my top tips for home schooling.

First of all it's important for children to understand why they are being home schooled without worrying them too much - check out www.mindheart.co/descargables for a child friendly explanation. Also as the home schooling parent please understand you do not need to replicate a six hour school day at home, you are only teaching one child or a small group and therefore you will get a lot more done in a shorter time than a teacher with a class of 30 does. The following tips are for primary aged children but could be adapted for older children too:

  • Start in the morning. Get them dressed, have breakfast, bed made, teeth brushed so that they are ready to start the day by around 9am.

  • Children work better in the morning so try and do the majority of the learning before lunch, set up more fun activities for the afternoon.

  • Start with some exercise. Most of the UK are tuning into Joe Wicks' PE lessons at 9am on youtube, but failing that set up an assault course in your house or garden, do a Cosmic Yoga session or find another child-friendly exercise video to follow online. Gonoodle has some great brain gym short exercise videos too if they just need 5-10 minutes moving about in between school work.

  • Read, read, read - get them to do 10-30 minutes of reading (age dependent) every day out loud to you. Ask them comprehension questions - get them to predict what might happen next, re-tell the story, look up definitions of unknown words and talk about character's feelings. Make sure if your child is still sounding out words using phonics you are helping them say the pure sounds. For more information on how to pronounce the sounds correctly check out: https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/09/05/13/27/13/670/Sound_Guide.mp4

  • Read to your child. Whatever their age they will enjoy listening to a story and having a cuddle. Choose a story that is slightly above their reading capability so that they are exposed to new words, concepts and more complex story plots. Non-fiction fact books are great too, choose something they're interested in and broaden their horizons! The closeness will also help their mental wellbeing. Before bed is a great time to do this.

  • Audible is currently offering free audiobooks for children, audiobooks are a great thing for children to do to chill out for 30 mins/one hour a day. It might help calm arguing siblings down too! Check out stories.audible.com

  • Spend a couple of hours doing the school set home learning, but don't do it for longer than an hour at a time and remember the younger they are the shorter these learning sessions should be. Mix in some brain gym or time playing outside, have snack times and make sure they are drinking plenty of water.

  • Enjoy spending some time together and remember cooking, doing arts and crafts, helping with household jobs, dancing around the living room, meditating, taking a nap, teaching your children about your job/hobby or doing some exercise together are perfectly acceptable and will also help your child's development. In the crazy, hectic life we live in see this as an opportunity to spend more quality time with your child.

  • Remember at this time all the normal recommendations from happylittlegems apply too: eat healthy food, exercise for at least 60 minutes a day, watch out for neurotoxins in the home, limit screen time and get lots of sleep - you too! And remember all of these have immunity benefits which will help your family in the fight against this terrible virus.

For more information and advice please contact info@happylittlegems.com

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