As we all expected, the schools are closed and suddenly many of us have kids had home who need to be supported in their learning but also finding ways to make this extended family time fun for all members of the family.
Some useful advice is floating around the internet from home schooling parents and most kids are being set work by schools but I'd say (as a former teacher) give your kids space as well to pursue their own interests and projects.
If like me, you have kids who have just had their exams cancelled then I think it's important to not let them give up but keep up some study in their chosen A levels or Uni subjects as they'll find it pretty hard to make the transition in 6 months if they don't keep their brains chugging over.
With all this in mind, I've opened this thread to share ideas, free resources and tips on how to help kids through this.
I now do outdoor education so I'll start with a couple of my favourite sites.
Please add more ideas below and good luck!
Wonderful suggestions! Thank you for setting this up, Liz. Excellent advice on just letting children pick and choose.
I'm an English tutor, environmental educator (with Liz at RF and Woodberry Wetlands) and Beanstalk reading helper so here are my suggestions. Apologies if any repetition!
Wildlife Trust activities https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/looking-after-yourself-and-nature
Liz mentioned The Bodycoach PE lessons - I know lots of children (and adults!) who love these sessions. They're at 9am everyday.
Think you might need to be a teacher to access Teachit so if anyone sees anything they fancy but can't access it- send me a message and I'll download/send to you.
https://64millionartists.com/ 64 million artists are running a Create to Connect challenge for next 2 weeks where you get sent a different task each day. Great for all ages! Day 1 yesterday was to create a Creative Companion and today's was to write a haiku on a book/film recommendation. You can sign up at the website.
Beanstalk Top 40 books- I have quite a few of these books so if anyone wants to borrow them then send me a message and I can lend to you. (will be using them for Storytime too)
For over 16's - there's a BBC short script writing competition - deadline is Monday 30th- £300 prize! https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/interconnected/term...
Over 16's- Reading Women- reading all the prizewinners for the Women's Prize for Fiction is a fun challenge. There are 24... https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-women
I'm running free, online Storytime for nursery & primary children every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Please message me on 07956 700 513 for more details.
And if there are any Year 11 or Year 13 students who want to talk about what they're currently reading then I can do book discussion with them if they drop me a message.
I'm self-isolating for 12 weeks so have spare time.
Hope everyone is staying safe. Hannah x
London's Air Ambulance Charity have free education resources on the website: