Along with you, we’re closely watching the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, and if your child isn’t already at home doing distance learning or home-schooling, it’s highly likely that their schooling will be disrupted in the near future.
We know how you feel. Where do you even start with home-schooling?
The mere thought of spending 24/7 together can feel overwhelming. But, with a bit of planning that we’ll provide for you below, it’s doable (it’s not a walk in the park, but it’s doable).
Before we share with you our free and very easy home-schooling “curriculum,” some context:
You probably don’t want your child spending the whole quarantine watching TV, which is where home-schooling comes in.
That said, we don’t feel that temporary home-schooling has to mimic school with a full curriculum. Instead, we think it’s a great time to familiarise your child with interactive tools and activities that your child otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to use or do.
If your school has provided a set structure for home learning, we suggest you follow your school’s guidance. If your school hasn’t, no worries!
Exam Success has collated some fantastic online resources to make your job of home-schooling easier.
The best part?
All resources are entirely free of charge.
By the way, we’ll be sharing our temporary homeschool journey on Instagram, where we’ll also share FREE learning activity ideas and tips. So, follow @ExamSuccessatHome, and don’t forget to tag us when having fun with your kids.
Anyway, let’s start.
First and foremost, you need to set up a daily routine.
It is super important not only for your peace of mind but for the child’s well-being. Children will likely find it easier to adapt to a schedule similar to the one they had at school than transition into an entirely different routine.
You don’t need to plan anything super hard – keeping things simple will help you and your child.
Our head tutor, for example, decided to only focus on the basics – reading, writing, and mathematics for one hour each, every day.
Here’s how her daily home-schooling schedule looks like:
Get a free printable schedule that you can customise for your own needs here.
The first day is a good point to establish where you want to start your home learning.
Make sure you set a base level, so the following days, you’ll just build on this base level.
Here’s our suggested home-schooling curriculum for the three areas of maths, reading, and writing (using free online learning resources):
We suggest starting from the beginning at “Early Math” and get your child to do the “Course Challenge” first. This will give you an idea as to whether you can move on to the next level or do a few sections to cover gaps in knowledge.
Then, work progressively through the course together.
If your child can read novels, then this is the perfect time to get a classic book and have them read aloud to you.
Here are the stories on the top of our reading list: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland.
You don’t need to finish all the books you’ve planned. Getting through one book during the stay-at-home time is already a success.
This is somewhat harder but also doable.
We suggest giving your child one writing prompt a week (alternate between creative prompts and persuasive ones) to create a short essay ~ 250 words. Then, throughout the week, you can work together on improving this essay together.
The goal here isn’t about churning through essays. Instead, try to take it slow and ask your child guiding questions such as “How about if we reworded this sentence, how would the piece look like?” or “If we cut this out, does the piece sound better?”
Need ideas for writing? Here are free writing prompts PDF printables for you to use:
If you’re thinking, “How do I know what to improve in the essay?” we’ve got your covered here as well. Use these “15 checks” checklists to identify common writing mistakes and find areas that need improvement:
This plan should cover for 10 weeks of home-schooling.
We’ll closely monitor the situation, and if by any chance we’ll have to keep out kids at home for longer, we’ll update this section.
In our home-schooling curriculum, we’ve only briefly covered maths, reading, and writing. But if you do want to add more educational fun to your day, there are so many online resources for kids, entirely FREE.
Here are just some of the activities you can do with your kid during the temporary home-schooling:
We hope this post can be of some use to you as a parent, in your home-schooling journey during this time of global health pandemic.
As things change, make sure to check this post for updates. In the meantime, you’re doing an amazing job.
Stay safe and take care of yourselves.