TIPS have been offered to help parents with home schooling during the coronavirus crisis.
They come from Oxford Home Schooling.
Greg Smith, the company’s head of operations, said: “If you had a hundred home educators in a room, each of them would likely have a different approach, but there are a number of things you can do to get the most out of homeschooling.”
Get rid of distractions – no-one can focus when the TV’s blaring, the radio on or when there is a lot going on.
The place where the child is working should be quiet and comfortable.
Regular breaks should be taken and parents can experiment to see what works best – they may find 30-minute blasts followed by ten-minute breaks help keep concentration levels up. Or they can work for longer periods and then enjoy a longer break.
Work should be divided up as it can be difficult when faced with a big task – work should be broken down into smaller pieces with targets of what needs to be completed in each section – this will make clearer what needs doing and provide a good sense of progress being made.
Lots of sleep – Children need plenty of shut-eye – most five to 11-year-olds need ten to 12 hours per night while 11 to 18-year-olds require eight to ten hours.
Multi-tasking should be avoided – Resist the urge to multi-task and get lots of jobs done at once. This effectively divides the amount of brainpower available to each individual task or subject.
Schools have put a range of measures in place – from preparing learning packs and sending work home to online portals.
Children will also need to burn off energy and get some fresh air as well with a run around the garden or 0ther green area (observing the Government’s social distancing of 2metres).
To keep children active The Body Coach Joe Wicks has produced a series of workouts for children to do at home on his YouTube Channel.
Click here for more information on Oxford Home Schooling.