Keeping Kids Busy
As we write this the majority of schools are still operating normally however given the uncertainty of where we are things are changing rapidly. If you find yourself in the situation of having your children at home, there are resources to help you get through it!
It’s understandable that children are going to feel anxious about what is happening and the ongoing news coverage. And for most adults it’s a worrying time financially and managing to keep going as normally as possible. We need to keep in mind that even relatively small changes in routine can be very overwhelming for children so its crucial to try and portray this as an adventure to reassure them everything will be fine.
There are lots of resources out there to help you plan and schedule, particularly if you are also trying to work from home as well as occupy youngsters. We’ve found this fab itinerary online of a sample daily routine which can be flexed to your own circumstances.
We are pretty sure schools will, if it does come to closures, have arrangements for work children can do but below are some free online home schooling websites you can access to help. We will post ideas and share links to our own Voice Magazines social media pages for as long as this situation continues: www.tts-group.co.uk www.scholastic.com/learnathome www.home-education.org.uk www.twinkl.co.uk (offering some free resources)
Tutoring company Kip McGrath can provide online tutoring for primary and secondary school age children. Contact them for more information: www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/online-tutoring If you have babies and toddlers check out social media as many activity providers are doing video sessions so you can still do things with your little one whilst classes are not running.
Make sure you also take some time for yourself. This is very stressful time for parents and self care is so important.
Sample Daily Routine 9.00-9.30am Morning Activity Get active - jumping, skipping, yoga... ready for the day ahead!
9.30-10.30am Learning Time Age appropriate academic time
10.30-11.30am Creative & Playtime Age appropriate academic time
11.30am-12.30pm Lunch & Lunchtime Activity 30mins lunch & 30mins outdoor activity
12.30-1.30pm Learning Time Age appropriate academic time
1.30-2.30pm Quiet Time Reading, puzzles, crafting, chores etc
2.30-3.30pm Afternoon Activity Outdoor play, bike rides, walking (if possible)
3.30pm Onwards Family time and meal together