Here are some tips and resources to support your child, whilst they are learning at home:
1. Try to make space for your child to work, where they have access to the equipment they need. If you can, set up a desk or table in a quiet corner where your child can keep their laptop, tablet, books or notes. They should find it much easier to focus in a designated space.
2. Set good habits around phone use. Children can spend a lot of time on apps speaking with their friends and social isolation may only increase their desire to communicate online. While some communication will be positive for their mental health, the opposite is true when social media fuels feelings of isolation and anxiety. You will need to set some ground rules for how phones and tablets are used during the day and keep an eye on your child’s mood. It is, as ever, very important you monitor your child whilst they use the internet to ensure they access appropriate websites and stay safe whilst they are online. For more advice please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/.
3. Help your child organise their day (and make sure they go outside for daily exercise and fresh air!) Without the structure of the school day, and without the engagement of peers, motivation and energy can take a dive. Help your child set up a timetable (see an example in the list of resources, below) that will work for them and covers the subjects that they need or have been set by the school. Divide up periods of study with movement breaks (e.g. star jumps).Try to make sure your child moves, goes outside, eats meals at the appropriate times and has offline conversations.
How do we keep ourselves active?
Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, will be hosting a free workout aimed at children LIVE on his YouTube channel- to access see the link for his Youtube channel, below. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.
You don't need any equipment, just tune in to his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
A great way to start the day!
Below are also some links to online learning tools, or websites with fun and engaging, educational content.
Want some Ideas on how to structure your child's day at home?
This is an example timetable which families could follow whilst schools are closed. When children are feeling worried or anxious, having a predictable routine can really help . It may also be helpful for parents who are working from home, whilst having to care for their children.