Many of us are homeschooling our children at the moment - and when we say ‘homeschooling’, we use the term very loosely because, for some families, elective home education is a planned choice.
Homes across the UK (and the world) have become ‘schools’ overnight and not through choice. Added to that, you may be juggling working from home, therefore feeling like your head’s about to fall off.
To quote Joseph Hellett, the headmaster from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in East Sussex, in his open letter on Facebook:
‘’It is absolutely not possible to facilitate distance learning with a primary aged child and work from home at the same time. The very idea is nonsense.
If you're trying to do that, stop now. You can certainly have activities where your child learns, but your focus is your job, and survival. Again, unprecedented. Stop trying to be superheroes…
...If children could all learn new concepts without specific teaching, we wouldn't need teachers.”
This is such an important message.
No one should feel under pressure to replicate the classroom. It’s just not possible. What you can do, however, is arm yourself with optimism and realism. Make the most of what you have, given your personal circumstances and the home that you live in.
It can help to take a step back and consider all of the senses for your home learners. Try asking:
Here we’ve got some resources to help you create a positive environment for home learning. Why not join Laughology's Ed and his mate, Sensible Ed, for a Thunk? Or have a go at filling in your very own Passport to Success.
Just as now is the perfect time to review our home learning environment, it's also a good idea to think about our communication and the chats we're having with our children. Are they still calm and controlled? Is everyone still listening to everyone else?
Next week, we'll give you some Top Tips for having even better chats with the kids. In the meantime, don't forget that there are lesson plans to develop Coping Skills on our website.
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