The coronavirus pandemic continues, and a week into homeschooling many parents are struggling to combine working and keeping their children motivated to learn at home.
Lee Wilcock, principal of Wolsey Hall Oxford, the Homeschooling College said: “The initial motivation and excitement of learning in a new way may well be wearing off now for many children, and this will be adding to parents’ stress.
“Some schools are supporting families with providing work to do at home, but it can be hard implementing and sticking to this new routine.”
School, not Covid, is a major cause of children's mental health issues in 2021, according to Parentkind which represents PTA groups
Long Compton halts 'What Makes a Villager' project over coronavirus concerns
The Warriner School sees success with phone-free space scheme using Yondr phone case
Banbury secondary school’s trip to formula one site helps encourage more girls to consider career in engineering
A Banbury school whose vision is to 'develop future adults who will... leave a positive impact on the world' has been given an exceptionally good Ofsted rating
Wolsey Hall Oxford has some tips to help parents through this period.
Create a schedule
The flexibility of homeschooling means your timetable can be created to suit the whole family, working around parental workload and virtual meetings. The key is having some structure to the day. Younger children may prefer to complete their schoolwork in the morning when their energy levels are higher while research has shown that teenagers are better studying later in the day.
If you can, try and find a dedicated space where your child can set up their computer and work. While you won’t have visitors to your home, they will need to be able to concentrate away from other family members and distractions.
The importance of breaks
While you won’t have activities outside the home to factor in, it’s important to schedule in breaks. Now more than ever we need to focus on our physical and mental health. While we are all constrained to our homes, there are still ways children can exercise. If you have a garden, even a 15-minute break outside is beneficial in restoring concentration levels. If you can’t get outdoors, there are online workouts specially designed for children such as Fitter Future. Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is also delivering PE lessons on his YouTube channel each morning.
Tap into your child’s interests and dislikes. This is an ideal time to really engage them in topics they’d like to discover in greater depth.
Your child’s teacher would prefer them to just be enjoying learning at this time, rather than forcing them through a specific subject that is causing a battle.
Give regular encouragement and stay positive, there will be good and bad days. If your child is feeling overwhelmed by the changes, try breaking work into much smaller sections.
If your child is missing their friends, encourage them to video call each other (or arrange it for younger children). The opportunity to see how their classmates are getting on and to discuss what work they’ve been doing will give them a boost.
You may find your child completes their work more quickly while schooling at home.
There are plenty of online resources of activities that will help to fill the extra hours if needed. Wolsey Hall has some projects children may like to try at home: https://wolseyhalloxford.org.uk/homeschool-projects/
*A message from the Banbury Guardian Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper when you do your weekly shop.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.