How To Home School During The Lockdown
So, with the latest lockdown news. A lot of parents now find themselves having to home school their children.
We’re sure for most this is pretty overwhelming, but, with any luck you should find this article both interesting and helpful.
Just remember that learning takes place all of the time, and in most cases children tend to learn even more. This is mainly because they are in familiar surroundings and in a loving environment.
This isn’t really like school at home. It’s something entirely different. In essence, the whole learning experience is tailored entirely around your child. There’s no reason for them to fight for the teacher's attention. They now have you undivided attention.
The fact that they can ask you a question at any time brings a ton of benefits. Of course if you don’t know the answer, a quick Google search viewing several different websites will give you the answer.
In the vast majority of cases your school will provide your child with online lessons which generally “live” with the teachers present. Of course, you will need a stable internet connection. This is because the teachers will be asking questions and will expect their students to respond.
They will also provide live feedback for child. So with questions asked and answered in real time it will feel like they are in the classroom.
Each day your child will be expected to work through a series of assignments which can be done when they are not online. The popular software of choice is Microsoft Teams in most cases depending on the school.
In most cases, the teacher will teach the lesson with a powerpoint presentation. No matter how they present the class, they will provide each child with access to view after the class too.
How Do We Teach When We’re Not Teachers?
To be honest with you, there won’t be a lot for you to do. As you’re probably well aware by now, your school should have been in touch with all the information you need.
The vast majority of the curriculum would have been available for your information and your child should now be in full swing.
The only help your child may need is if they asked a question, received the answer and are still unsure about the answer they received. Perhaps, you could provide more context to the answer they were given, maybe?
Having To Work Later
The fact that your children are now at home most likely means that you can’t get as much work done in the day as you would like.In most cases it may mean you need to do more of your once your child has gone to bed.
This is an unfortunate circumstance for a lot of parents. But, for the time being it’s probably going to be the new normal.
Inconvenience & Ground Rules
There’s going to be many times when you’re on a Zoom call and your child wanders in with a question.
If this happens too often, then you may need to set some ground rules. If you have a call at a certain time of the day, then set a house rule that means you are not to be disturbed. This should mean that each time you have a call, your child knows ahead of time.
Alternatively, you can put a sign up on the door to let those in the household know that you are not to be disturbed.
Improved Broadband Service
If you think about it, there’s no more people using the resources of broadband both in your house and also in the neighbourhood. So, you might want to consider upgrading your broadband package with more bandwidth.
The last thing you want is for your child’s livestream with the school to keep going down or your Zoom link with work buffering.
To ensure this doesn't happen, get in touch with your broadband provider and ask them to upgrade your package.
Depending on when your contract ends, you may even be able to upgrade it with not much more to pay?
Go For Walks
Since you’re all spending so much time indoors, to help ease the congestion and the feeling of being cooped up, it might be a good idea to go for regular walks (ensuring it’s outside your child’s school timetable).
Not only is it good to step out of the house every once in a while, but this is also quality time you’re spending together as a family. Families really don’t do this enough anymore, so this is the perfect excuse to do something out of the norm.
Most schools will be operating from the same timetable and also times. This makes it much easier for everyone to arrange their life around the lessons.
The timetable is likely the exact same one that they would have been following, so it should be pretty straight forward.
We’re now into 2021 and things aren’t really looking that different to 2020 unfortunately. We’ve also just gone into a deeper lockdown, so it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.
It’s pretty much going to be more of the same going forward, so get strapped in.
With any luck, you’ll be able to spend even more quality time with your children, so with any luck you can make a positive out of the negative things going on at the moment.