With the Easter holidays, or lack thereof, coming up in Liverpool, there is a huge void of valuable learning time ahead that your children will be missing due to the closure of schools and no grand re-opening in sight. Many parents are already homeschooling to a great effect, but are you running out of ideas, or lack ideas to begin or challenge your young students? Below is a list of 10 great FREE resources and ideas you can use to aid your newly discovered teacher role. Homeschooling has never been so easy!
1. Make weekly timetables for lessons
Making each day and each week different rather than doing the same things over and over will help your children concentrate and learn more. They are not used to this style of teaching (and you're perhaps not ready to be a teacher just yet) so it should be fun! Include activities that get them engaged and creative, some more serious learning of particular subjects occasionally and of course include some down-time, breaks and time for recreation.
Advice given from a parent who has been homeschooling for 6 years is that you should not try to make home a replica of school itself. If the school has given some resources and work to do from home, it's best not to be the curriculum enforcer, which parents may be surprised on how much their children learns.
Here is a great example from Croxteth Family Matters - this is week 2 of their homeschooling timetables, of course use this in any week, just don't use it for two consecutive weeks! Another great example below comes from SouthCoastMermaids
2. Teaching your children how to read
If your children can already read like a pro, this might be of no use to you, however the graphic might be of interest! Blending sounds, learning word families and other things such as pre-reading behaviours can all be worked on, giving children a great boost in confidence on their return to school with the aid of this infographic taken from theclassroomkey:
3. Writing exercises
Writing might seem like a chore when at home for your children, especially when not sitting at a school desk that they're used to. Making writing exercises fun and engaging is a great way to combat this environmental aspect of homeschooling, and there are plenty of resources out there to help.
Firstly, taken from the infinitely rewarding teaching/learning site - theclassroomkey.com making various exercises involving opinions and consequences can be a hugely engaging and rewarding activity to do with your children, making them understand things more and get them thinking starting with Sentence Starters! Try such questions 'how much homework should a child get each week?', 'Is it better to be smart or nice?' and see what different answers you can get from the below table.
4. Ted Ed
Go further with what you try teach your children by introducing them to Ted Ed! There is a whole range of educational videos and animations you can use to perhaps be a standalone lesson or add them as part of one of your subjects. Perhaps even have your children pick a topic at random and show them the most interesting video you can find there, such as showing them 'The worlds first author' as part of an English exercise. Ted Ed also allows you to create personalised lessons within their website by searching various subjects ideas and piecing together multiple topic interests and facts.
5. National Geographic Kids
Most of us know what National Geographic Channel is and we've all enjoyed watching a nature related progam on TV, but NGKids site doesn't only feature interesting videos and games for the Geographic side of things, your child will love the huge selection of subject areas including maths, English, science, art & design and more.
There are numerous resource packs available on this website, for example:
Tutankhamuns Treasures! 'These primary resources feature mind-blowing facts and images about the world’s most famous pharaoh' featuring information sheets and activity packs, quizzes and more! This can be found HERE.
There are also a large amount of games, mostly educational, that can make break time another source of learning and fun.