It is a hard time for everyone, but for those with young kids it is especially challenging. Here are some helpful ideas and tips for serving at home with your kids, and keeping your sanity!
Well, the last two weeks have been a bit insane. Two weeks ago we were wondering if they might shut down the schools, and now we are in a full-blown shutdown here in the UK. So, my life, as with many others is in this weird holding pattern. Cannot go out, but trying to both work semi-remotely while also ensuring both my kids keep learning and don’t go stir crazy.
In terms of this blog, I feel out of place. I actually have a good number of recipes to g, but it doesn’t feel like the right time and my motivation to write the post is very much lacking at this point in time. However, I am a teacher first and foremost and I’ve sent several friends tips and ideas to help them through this period. I figured I should at the very least write about that. Maybe it might help some of you.
So, this post is going to be unlike the stuff I usually publish. It isn’t going to be food-related, but actually, it is for all the parents out there with kids. You need stuff to do with the kids, and you need to have them keep learning. Weeks without a teacher is not going to be easy, we all know this. I’ve been a teacher for well over a decade and I’m not relishing the thought of the next three to four weeks!
Below, I’ve posted some links to different learning sites that will help you get your kids focused. I will also say, this is more aimed at those kids under the age of 12.
tips for surviving at home with your kids
However, I’ve also got eight top tips for you and your family to get through the shutdown.
- Lay off the tablets and Netflix. Seriously, I love to binge-watch TV or turn on Disney Plus, however, you can easily overdo this. Save this for rainy days. You’ll be glad you did.
- Keep the routines going! All kids (well adults too) love routine. So keep things as regular as you can by creating a weekly schedule. I’ve made one for my kids and you can get the PDF by clicking here. I’ve even gone so far as making my kids put on their school uniforms in the morning. I know, they will look back and love me for this.
- Involved the kids in as much as you can. Get them to help make the lunches, get them to help in cleaning time. We have a ‘5 Minute Challenge’ in our house every day, where we see how quickly we can wipe down the door handles or clean the tabletops etc.
- Say in contact with others. Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom, they are all great. We’ve just ordered a Facebook Portal so our kids can easily phone their grandparents easily. We’ve made our kids start every conversation with grandparents and other relatives by asking how they are doing.
- Get some exercise. If your government allows you, and it is safe to do so, go for a walk every day. If, however, you aren’t allowed to check out the ‘PE with Joe’ on Youtube. Every day they have a live PE class for all kids.
- Take time for you. You need time to relax for you, away from everyone else. Don’t try to be a superhero, you will burn out.
- Don’t skimp on education. Studies have consistently shown that students who don’t keep learning during summer experience a learning loss. This compounds year on year. This time period is no different, in fact, it could make things worse. So, check out the resources below and keep your kids learning.
- Eat as healthily as you can. Difficult at these times, I know. However, before the shutdown occurred in this country I saw people stocking up on cookies, candy and cola. I wasn’t sure why. Where possible, make sure your diet has grains, veg and protein. Not sure what to make? Reach out, tell me what ingredients you have and I’ll give you some ideas!
Great Learning Resources
- Twinkl – Great resources able to be downloaded. EYFS would be kids under the age of five, and Year 1 is the North America equivalent to Primary
- Khan Academy – The classic site for learning videos
- Khan Academy Kids – a learning app for kids
- Scholastic – They have a bunch of free resources for families at this time.
- K-12 – Online home-schooling
- Big Universe – Access to books online for kids.
- BBC Bitesize – Learning resources from the BBC, so you know it is quality stuff!
If you have any other good resources you think would be useful, please put them in the comments below or send an email and I will try to add it to the post!