Schools might be set to reopen soon for children in certain year groups, but we’re still a while away from seeing all primary school children return to normal school life. For lots of little ones, it might be some time before they return to the classroom.
But that’s not to say children have to fall behind in their education. Many schools and teachers are offering remote teaching, and as a parent, you can also help your children to keep learning at home. Whether you decide to homeschool your children while schools are closed, or just keep them engaged in education with the occasional learning activity, home-learning resources can be helpful during the coronavirus crisis.
With the right resources, you can help children keep up with the national curriculum and get excited about learning. This way, when schools reopen, children will be keen to get back to full-time education, making the transition back into normal school days as smooth as possible.
So here are some of the best home-learning resources for children in lockdown. With resources, children can practise skills they’ve already learned, tackle new academic challenges and have fun while learning.
Printable Worksheets for Independent Home Learning
Worksheets are ideal for quick home learning activities. They give children the chance to apply their learning to different problems, and with fun visual elements, they can capture children’s attention and make home learning enjoyable.
And you don’t have to worry about worksheets requiring a lot of time on your part — they require minimal parental involvement, and your little ones can complete them while you work or go about household activities.
Many worksheets come with answers as well as activities, so older children can mark their own worksheets, or you can do the marking for them (without worrying about spending time working out answers yourself).
Activity Booklets for Academic Progression
Activity booklets like our maths reasoning booklets can keep children engaged for a longer period than single worksheets, or children can work their way through them over several days or weeks.
With more activities to complete, children can consolidate their understanding of concepts by tackling different problems and applying their knowledge and reasoning skills to different challenges. Many booklets also help children come to grips with new concepts or more challenging lessons by gradually increasing the difficulty of activities.
And with a booklet to progress through, this can give structure to a child’s home learning schedule. They can work towards the goal of correctly completing entire booklets, and benefit from a growing sense of achievement as they complete each activity.
Activity booklets also have the added advantage of making home lesson planning easier for you as one activity booklet can be used for several home-learning sessions.
You can access lots of activity booklets on Master the Curriculum and download, print or view them online. Or you can now purchase our activity booklets on Amazon.
Interactive Videos for Exciting, Hands-Free Learning
Most children love watching television or online videos, so interactive videos are a good option for certain subjects and can get children excited about learning. Videos can bring lessons to life, and help children learn while having fun. Fun characters become teachers for little ones, and educational challenges are visualised in creative contexts.
Children don’t need to sit and write — videos provide completely hands-free learning. Little ones can stand up, shout out answers to problems and some videos will even get children moving as well as learning.
Creative and Active Educational Activities to Keep Little Ones on Their Toes
Lots of learning activities involve sitting at a table or desk and writing or watching, but children need variation. A mixture of activities can boost their concentration and help them develop both cognitive and motor skills.
So some of the best home-learning resources are the most imaginative ones. For example, you could try out some of our active maths activities to get children up and moving, while also learning.
You could also plan creative activities, combining art or drama with education, in the form of painting, modelling, role play, even dancing! Don’t be afraid to mix it up and get inventive with your home-learning activities. Home learning during lockdown doesn’t have to take the same approach as formal education. You can get silly, and embrace weird and wonderful ideas. The main thing is that your children continue to learn and enjoy doing so. This might be a stressful time for them, so the last thing they need is for learning to feel like a chore.
Flashcards for Fun Educational Games
Flashcards are a popular type of resource for home-learning activities. Even before we all went into lockdown, flashcards were ideal resources for home learning. These little cards containing bitesize pieces of information can help children remember just about anything, from vocabulary and spelling to times tables and fractions.
There are lots of educational games that can be played using flashcards, such as charades, 20 Questions and more complex games. These are the perfect resources to help you get creative with your home-learning activities.
A COVID-19 Home Learning Schedule for Daily Routine
Most children are used to a rigid daily routine. During weekdays, children stick to school schedules. There are set times for the start and end of the day, and the duration of each lesson is carefully planned.
Children who aren’t attending school might be missing that structure and routine. A lack of routine can make children feel anxious and insecure, so if possible, introducing structure to their days in lockdown can help children stay happy and healthy.
We’ve created a COVID-19 home-learning schedule to reintroduce routine to children’s daily lives. This schedule can help your little ones stay engaged in education so that when schools reopen, they’re ready to jump back into full-time education, without any rocky transition period.
Feel free to view and print this home-learning schedule, or alter it if you like (we won’t be offended). For a high-quality, print version of this schedule, sign up for a free membership on our parents’ page, and we’ll send it straight to your inbox so you can print it.
We hope that this article has given you some ideas of resources to use to help your children continue learning at home. You can find thousands of primary school maths resources right here at Master the Curriculum, so whether you’re looking for worksheets, interactive maths videos, activity booklets, or flashcards, we’ve got you covered. To start using our resources, sign up for a free or premium membership to unlock the resources you need.