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Home schooling in the holidays?(10 Posts)
I barely know what day it is at the moment. The last two weeks have been mental, trying to wfh full time (most of my work involves hours and hours of conf calls) with a 1,3 & 6 yo at home. Today I was thinking about how to plan a more structured day for them with some actual learning time after the last two weeks of chaos and just realised it’s now the holidays. Do I treat it like holidays and continue the chaos or plough ahead trying to instill some structure? I’m really at a loss and don’t know what’s best anymore!
I have found these free printable Easter Resources that might of use.
I'm continuing with a structure and ignoring the fact it's the easter holidays. On the days when we have structure and learning the days are generally calm and the kids happy. On the days when I say we're not doing work we always seem to descend into chaos, fighting, crying, and dh and I wanting to rip our hair out. So structure is an absolute must for us. And I don't feel guilty for it.
I'm treating it as a school day and doing bits and pieces. Luckily in September I bought DS the whole range of CGP books for his year so we've been working through them. They're fab and there's a sense of structure and progression rather than printing off teams of random sheets as time fillers.
We continue, but a bit reduced. there is no way i can cover a full time table for my year 2 child AND work fulltime AND provide entertainment for my preschooler during term time. so we will just fo a reduced version for longer.
if you don’t work it’s different, but working parents either have to do less intense for longer, or kids will
We are doing 'productive' things in the mornings. A bit of school work , CGP books here too, music etc practice, reading, writing a story etc. Not tv allowed till 4, 'break' at 11 . I have always found the holidays nicer if they've used their brains and had a bit of calm time in the morning so mine have always done a bit of something in the hols (normally only a little bit). It does give a bit of routine to the day. No work at weekends to make them feel different and something to look forward to.
Our school made it clear that they don't need to do the school work during holiday, so, no school work.
We’re carrying on as there’s nothing else to do! I work term time only so I’m off for the 2 weeks so can give DS (10) more attention and DH is still WFH so needs it to be relatively quiet. Today DS has done Joe Wicks, algebra one his year 7 book (so that I can be there to actually teach him), the Glasgow Science Centre video and made the cornflower and water, English Live with Holly and now he’s doing Spelling Shed. It’s fab that all the amazing people who are doing online lessons are carrying on! After lunch he’ll probably play with his cornflower more, do times table rockstars and I’ll see what he wants to do.
Youtube has lots of videos to support home learning. A few I have found particularly useful
Joe Wicks work outs
Intro to phonic sounds - which is great for virtual teaching - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw6_g8ouKK0&t=10s
Hit the button for maths
Also creative play and choosing time is great for developing fine motor skills, creativity, problem solving and determination! Keeps them amused for hours - just set up a few different activities, explain each one and let them free flow. They can then show you everything they have made
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