Learning from Home
We are all swimming in uncharted waters and fully appreciate that the next few weeks are going to present some unique challenges for the students, teachers and more particularly you the parents and caregivers. We suggest that establishing routines and comfortable working spaces will go along way in maintaining a greater sense of calm and organisation.
The following ideas are suggestions only and each of you will naturally establish your own expectations and routines that fit into your individual circumstances:
- Take time to reset as a family.
- This is a stressful and unique time, your family's wellbeing comes first.
- Please don't put yourself under pressure we are here to support you.
- Establish a routine.
- Try to create a quiet and comfortable learning space.
Setting up a learning space
Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for working in for an extended period of time.
A space/location for extended learning should be a public/family space, not in a bedroom. It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal, if possible. Above all, it should be a space where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children's learning.
The First Few Weeks
We suggest in the first few weeks you establish a routine with your child/children that works for your family. This will take time as the children will not initially understand the difference between being home for school holidays as opposed to home being a place of more structured learning. As part of the routine we suggest each day you include the following three areas of learning:
1. Academic Time - Usually best earlier in the day as children tend to concentrate for longer periods
2. Creative Time - Can happen anytime
3. Movement Time - It is good to incorporate movement throughout the day as it helps children refocus.
A typical day could look like this (The links featured below, can also be found on the Helpful Resources pages):