So we’re nearing the end of Week 2 of primary school from our dining room table (read about day 1 here!) and we’ve managed to get a pretty good structure in place, we’ve had a couple of days where we’ve had to manage the kids’ emotions, but for the most part we’ve kept to the structure and felt all the better for it. This is a post about what we’ve done to implement a rhythm of school structure, take what you find helpful from this and leave the rest, I know everyone’s situation is different, maybe you’re still working or don’t have your partner at home like us, but I hope these Coronavirus homeschooling tips help.
STICK TO THE RHYTHM OF SCHOOL
- Break (snack to be fruit and water)
Stick to the core subjects set
This has been our saving grace. From the beginning we decided to stick to a RHYTHM rather than a time. So we do everything in the same order Monday to Friday, and we always start at 9am but we may finish at 2pm we may finish at 1pm, we may finish at 3pm (hope not) but the rhythm of the day stays the same, which mimics school but not exactly. Worship might be a Hillsongs Kids song on YouTube or a VeggieTales story.
Long term we felt choosing the rhythm of school would deliver them back to school (whenever that is) still in the right frame of mind for learning, while giving us flexibility with time, as I’m still working on Blog Baristas and working my way through Business School after ‘school’ and in the evenings.
We are indebted to the children’s school. The teachers set the work each day and honestly I don’t know what we’d do if we had to plan the lessons. It’s flowed because of our Harry and Katie’s teachers FOR SURE! We stick to the main core subjects: English, Maths and Topic (Vikings for Harry, Florence Nightingale for Katie). And having that set has saved us.
We add other media learning as they pop up, for example, we’ve REALLY enjoyed watching the FaceBook Live series from Western Approaches HQ, so far we’ve learnt about the WW1 bunker and rationing, really interesting and interactive, the kids (big and small) love it. We’re also starting to look at the Easter story.
Important to note:
Although we’re SUPER GRATEFUL that lots of people including celebrities have offered free resources, we’ve also made sure not to get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of these, it can be easy to get bogged down when there’s so many to choose from. We’ve selected a few and left the rest.
For example like most of the nation we started out with Joe Wicks but quickly dropped it after two days; the kids just don’t like PE and it was causing more angst than positives. I also wasn’t a fan that he constantly referenced the amount of people watching… have you noticed that? ‘Lets get it to a million’ really grated on me. I realise that’s just me and lots of people love him, at the end of the day I commend him for encouraging our kids to get up and moving. We’re going for a walk every day and spending lots of time gardening; Katie loved digging a border with me and that was pretty good exercise in my book.
So here are the 5 ways we’re creating structure and fun:
- MIMIC THE RHYTHM OF THE SCHOOL DAY – LESSON, BREAK, LESSON, LUNCH, LESSON, WORKSHIP. END.
- START AT 9AM WITH A SCHOOL BELL SOUND OR KLAXON
- LEAVE THE FINISH TIME FLEXIBLE
- ADD IN OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (FACEBOOK LIVES, BLUE PLANET, HORRIBLE HISTORIES)
- DO ACTIVITIES LIKE GARDENING TO GET THE CHILDREN OUTSIDE AND EXERCISING (WITHOUT EVEN REALISING IT)
Now its your turn…I’d love to hear how you’ve structured your day, or if you haven’t at all. What works for you, and what doesn’t work for you? I’d love to hear how you’re homeschooling your kids in this unique situation we find ourselves in. Let’s all help each other and write our top tips for Coronavirus homeschooling in the comments below.
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