Families across the UK have been scrambling for ways to make homeschooling successful.
Whilst many parents search and try to organise their child's education at home, others along with schools are using Uteach Lessons. Our platform was originally created for teachers by teachers, but since the Coronavirus outbreak has become more and more popular with parents.
Uteach Lessons allows you to bring the quality of classroom learning to your home with sequential lessons aligned to school curriculum. You’ll save time searching through other sites to find relevant lessons as well as curriculum-aligned lessons and resources created by experienced teachers and curated by a National Leader of Education.
So how can you keep your kids engaged, learning, healthy and happy while schools are closed because of coronavirus? Here are our top tips.
- Plan and prioritise: The core subjects
Concentrate on core subjects
Let’s face it, we are not all teachers by trade and therefore, parents need to give themselves realistic goals. Allow your child to complete the courses at a reasonable rate and prioritise the core curriculum - Maths and English.
There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the humanities.
The great thing about Uteach Lessons, is that you can plan your week with our easy calendar as well as feel confident that the full course is available for your child. Our lessons were developed by the Bourne Education Trust and are totally sequential.
- Have Fun but Establish a Routine
It might sound appealing to be in your pajamas until noon, but realistically, you’ll be less productive. Get up, showered and sorted for the day ahead.
From our experience, children and adults react well to structure, especially a morning routine. Use our handy calendar on the platform to design the learning schedule together and if possible, allocate a specific work space for your new class - their new classroom. This way they can primarily associate this space with their learning, and will find it easier to switch off when in other areas of the house.
To try and maintain some links to their usual school experience, consider setting break and lunch times and ensure you take into consideration any of your work commitments that may affect this if you aim to align your work with their learning time.
We have plenty of time to have downtime in the evenings, so don’t feel bad about being strict on breaks. And if you work with your fellow parents to coordinate these breaks, your kids could manage to maintain the social aspect of school.
- Be Honest
Children love honesty and we find they work best with that. Ensure they know the purpose of each task so that they can understand why they are being asked to do it. Try to avoid “Because I said so”, instead you can use phrases such as "because when we go back to school, we need to be up to date with the learning,"
Giving your new student an element of choice will also help. Let them choose which topic to start with and how they want to learn.
You may even want to include some “school rules” such as no electronic devices during your lesson.
- Tips on teaching core subjects
Make sure you reward progress
When you were at school, who was your favourite teacher? Remember them?
Children work well from being rewarded, so you should in turn receive a positive attitude. Don’t think too big, reward small steps.
Through our years working with teachers, a great way to monitor progress and understanding is by flipping the classroom dynamic. After you've covered a topic, swap over the pupil/teacher roles and get the children to teach you what they've learned.
We strongly believe that a good teacher is reflective. Stubbornness is different to being firm. If things aren't working out, don't be harsh on yourself or your class. Try it and then feel free to tweak down the line if need be. Remember: there are no exams this year, so there's no need to 'teach for the test'. This is your opportunity to inspire your children and foster a love of learning.
- Stay Healthy
As you may well have found out, teaching can be a stressful job. Make sure you keep lunches and snacks healthy to fuel brain power. And why not tune into Joe Wicks 9am PE lesson, if you haven’t already?
A good teacher also leads by example, so remember to take time to relax, have a varied and balanced diet and partake in physical exercise.
So you’ve got all of our tips, now subscribe to Uteach Lessons and hit the ground running. With over 2,800 lessons arranged in order to cover the full academic year, there’s no reason to let your child fall behind. All for £2.50 per week!
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