Creating a home learning environment
We hope the following tips help you to create a positive learning environment at home with your child/children.
Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to.
For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the 'school day'. You could involve your child in making the timetable too as this will give them ownership.
Stick the timetable up on the wall
Everyone will what they should be doing and when. You can also tick activities off as you complete them throughout the day.
If an activity is going well or your child wants more time,then allow more time where possible.
If you have more than one child, consider combining their timetables
For example, they might exercise, have lunch or a break together and do English and maths activities at the same time. See what works best for your household.
Designate a working space if possible
Try to find a quiet place, away from other distractions and have available all the things your child may need to carry out their work. For example, pencils, paper and a laptop/Ipad.
Encourage and praise as much as possible
Encourage your child to become independent learners and carry out activities on their own as much as possible. Praise them often for all of their efforts, even if they aren't always getting the work correct.
At the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life.
Be kind to yourself!
We appreciate that home learning isn't easy so just try your best to stick to a routine, follow your child's class timetable of activities and contact your child's class teacher for any support, as they will be more than willing to help!