Try to create a schedule in the day which will ensure that children have some routine as children feel secure within a routine. This might include starting home learning at 9 and finishing at 3 with breaks throughout the day before settling into a nice chilled evening. This could be your very first activity together – agreeing what you are going to do and when.
Encourage children to try a range of activities and not just stick to the ones they like most of feel comfortable with.
Always look for positive elements to their work – in school we encourage children to assess their work and the work of others with 2 stars and a wish (2 good things and 1 thing to improve). This will encourage resilience.
Allow children some control over the activities they wish to attempt – “What would you like to try today?”
Try to limit screen time as to much can have a negative impact on wellbeing.
Activities are included in the home learning packs but these are not exhaustive. Use the websites provided to look for additional activities or invent your own!
Learning doesn’t have to have a written outcome – playing monopoly would provide the children with a wide range of maths skills including reasoning without them realising. Cluedo, chess, backgammon and other board games will also provide them with a range of skills. Don’t know how to play? Why not learn together? Reading the instructions and interpreting them is a task in itself. Bored of the same games – ask them to invent one to help them learn a new skill.
Teach them what you do. Think about the skills you have and involve your children in the activities. This might include: working on perimeter for carpet fitting, working out a simple budget for a business, baking (reading scales), household jobs (responsibility), gardening (stages of plant growth, measuring heights of plants)
Try and keep an active element in the day. Don’t feel that they need to be sat at a table completing work all day. Include children in practical activities and exercise (See web suggestions).