Home schooling help: the best ways to support your child
February 12, 2021
It’s time to change up your home schooling routine so that it works best for you!
For parents struggling to find the balance of remote working alongside home schooling, parents finding it tricky to support children of all ages and abilities or parents feeling deflated by the amount of school work your child has to get through – know that you are not alone.
Here you can find home schooling help, resources, planning advice and more to piece the puzzle together to start using your home school curriculum to your advantage.
Take the pressure off
A recent Parent Ping survey asked 758 parents how they currently feel about home schooling, compared to during the first lockdown. Here are the results:
Whilst education is important, it’s about making a home school routine that works for you. Remember to take the pressure off and to not compare your home school plans to others. You know what motivates your child and how long they can concentrate.
This may mean shorter study periods full of lots of tea breaks – know that this is okay! Use this knowledge to your advantage to create a successful home schooling day.
Involve your child in planning
Getting your child involved in their weekly home school plan and their input on creating the best routine can keep them committed. Simple strategies like letting them choose what subject to tackle first can support them in staying motivated and encourage responsibility. Whether this involves letting them choose their favourite task first to get them inspired from the get-go or a choosing to tackle a more daunting task first to conquer it quicker – don’t be afraid to compromise on an order that works best for them.
Set achievable goals
The pressure from completing all of your child’s school work on time, ensuring they’ve achieved the learning goals set and hoping that they remember everything you’ve taught them can be a lot to deal with. Communicate with your child’s teacher when they’ve had a less engaging week and if they haven’t completed all of the work set.
Every family is learning to deal with their home school routine in different ways and sometimes it’s okay to put down work if it’s not working at that moment and pick it up again at a later stage. This certainly doesn’t mean you’ve failed!
Celebrate the small moments
Have you been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work your child has been set to cover? It’s normal to feel this way, after all, you are now juggling two roles – both parent and teacher.
If you’re having a day where nothing seems to be going right, focus more on the smaller achievements. If you can tick off one task successfully, celebrate this with your child to promote a healthy learning atmosphere. Don’t worry, you’ll tackle it all eventually, even if that breaks out of your original plans – it’s okay to react to plan changes!
Try not to compare to others
Don’t fret about trying to copy what other families are doing or to deliver the same teaching standards. Likewise, don’t feel guilty for not being able to teach creatively every single day. Instead, find a rhythm and schedule that works best for your family.
Children all learn differently so different methods work for different children but there are a few simple things you can do to ensure their home schooling is engaging.
Take a moment to reflect
It’s one thing understanding what your child needs to learn and another being able to adapt your teaching methods to your child’s specific learning style. Thinking about your daily home schooling approach in advance can get you off to a kicking start.
To avoid daily learning battles, think about what will engage your child the most. Are they more inclined to concentrate when writing and learning from videos instead of books? If it’s live lessons that capture their interest, take a break and let celebrity mathematician Bobby Seagull teach them maths. If you’re not a member it’s more paper-based worksheets you’re after, explore some of the free lessons we have available.
We find that getting organised with all of your learning resources beforehand can help inspire children to stay on task! Having a look at their weekly learning plan from school at the start of the week can give you time to gather together any extra educational resources required. Whether that’s having a stockpile of paper ready to hand, or making sure that all the website links you’re given from school work properly, putting together your child’s school toolkit can support them having a great home schooling week.
Create a calm study space
Does your child prefer a classroom environment? Space where they have their desk and everything they need always ready to go, in a perfect position for them. We know that family homes come with daily hustle and bustle with plenty of distractions.
Consider where your child will learn best. Does your child work well in calmer environments? Is there a quieter corner in your home where they can stay focussed for longer?
Remember to have fun
School is full of plenty of moments that still inspire creativity through social activities. Play is still a huge portion of your child’s development, so don’t be afraid to let them get outside for a kick about or watch their favourite TV show for a moment. It’s equally important that your child has time to switch off. This way you’ll find when it’s time to come back to school work again, they’ll be raring to go.
Find home schooling help and resources
You can discover plenty of free resources to support their learning style, no matter what it may be. Explore Learning members have access to a huge range of video lessons, parent advice and downloadable activities through their Members’ Area.
Not a member yet? Check out our free online resources below:
Don’t fret about trying to copy what other families are doing. Instead, find a rhythm and schedule that works best for your family. Different methods work for different children but there are a few simple things you can do to ensure their education at home is engaging.
Discover how warm-up activities can help channel their focus before getting to the heart of their work!
Understand how technology can be your friend
When your ideas of keeping things exciting for your child run thin, take to technology to brighten things up! There are some great digital home schooling tools out there to help you engage them with their English and motivate them with their maths.
You can also try Compass, our pioneering online learning tool, and let us do the hard work for you! Offering you a break from teaching, Compass keeps your family’s tuition on track. Compass uses an adaptive logic engine to tailor the curriculum specific to your child’s needs. Whilst their engaging tutor is on hand to answer any questions and help them to conquer all challenges!
We aim to meet your child’s long-term goals rather than just filling knowledge gaps while schools are closed, by understanding and working towards national curriculum objectives.
Discover how we can support your child with their home school curriculum.
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