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Was maths always this difficult? Home-schooling tips for worried parents

Was maths always this difficult? Home-schooling tips for worried parents

When it comes to our kids’ education, we’ve all been thrown in at the deep end. The idea of your child’s learning and knowledge resting in your hands is incredibly daunting, especially if you’re already working from home during this pandemic. If we didn’t already, we all certainly have a lot more appreciation for their teachers! 

Don’t be fooled by those picture-perfect images we see on Instagram, where perfectly groomed mums and kids are learning together in harmony. In the real world, it’s not like that. So, don’t feel the pressure. Instead, try to focus on the positives and consider these simple home-schooling tips for worried parents. 

Have everything you need

Pens, paper, notebooks, study materials, ink in your printer – check out xerox if you need to top up your ink supply – having everything you need will certainly make home-schooling easier for everyone. Don’t worry about rushing out to buy new items and study kits, you probably have plenty of paper, pens, and books at home already, so avoid panic buying. And if the school is sending across work regularly then you’re all set. 

Routine is key

Everything is a little topsy-turvy right now, and kids thrive on routine. So, try to create a simple day-to-day structure where you can incorporate their learning into their day. Expecting them to sit down at the kitchen table for six hours and learn isn’t going to help anyone. Consider a couple of hours in the morning, some reading time, another hour in the afternoon and then plenty of time to have fun and do other things. Set meals will also help keep the routine flowing.

Show an interest

Setting your child down with their work and leaving them to it, sounds productive but your child might be more inclined to learn if you show an interest. Do they need to create a presentation on an animal or continent? Do some research with them. Getting to grips with fractions? Show an interest in their progress and understanding.

Keep them moving

Exercise is great for relieving stress and helping kids refocus on their studies. They’ll feel motivated and productive! You’ll find plenty of online PE lessons, or just make sure you’re utilising your daily exercise as much as possible. 

Don’t worry

It’s normal to worry about your child falling behind but remember that they’re not alone. Kids are smart and resilient, and anything they may miss now will be covered again when they return to school. Try not to worry too much or put pressure on yourself.

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