Homeschooling during the Coronavirus

We finally now know that schools will be closing due to Coronavirus, so here is a blog post to help with Homeschooling for beginners.

Staying at home will be a reality for quite a lot of us. I'm pretty surprised to say that homeschooling is so far going quite well, although it is only day 3 for us!

To avoid arguments, we've started by doing more practical things like cooking, baking, gardening, painting and reading.  I'll start to add some structured things in that are being organised by our school, but I'm amazed how many new skills the children are learning, just by doing these things!  

A friend told me about live yoga lessons for children at
- the next one is Friday 20th March at 10am, so we will be joining in.

There is some fantastic advice and resources below from experienced homeschoolers, thank you for all of your lovely messages.  Please keep sending any tips that you have and I'll keep updating.

Take care,
Sally x 

Stuart, a teacher, has some great advice;

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts/articles giving advice for keeping your kids occupied, especially if schools close. I’m worried that parents will feel under pressure to do lots of elaborate lessons and activities. The simple solution is to change the things children like doing passively into something active.

If they are playing video games, encourage them to design one of their own. For example, there’s RPG Maker for designing ‘Zelda’ style games, but there are plenty of great tools out there, many for free or very low cost.

If they are watching Youtube videos, get them to make their own animations. There are brilliant tools for stop motion and traditional animation available online and on app stores.

Idly looking at the internet – design your own webpage.

If you find your kids are constantly talking at you rather than with you, try asking them questions like “Where does the sky start?” and “Is not going fishing a hobby?” to get a debate going.

Like sport but can’t get out? Try learning to juggle. There are lots of Youtube tutorials, it’s fun and great for coordination.
Oh, and one more: learning to type is a really useful life skill. Try “Dance Mat Typing” or “Nitro Type”


Thank you to Pernille and the homeschooling community for the below.

FREE online education resources compiled by home educators;

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities 

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
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