Homeschooling Help! Three children at home – what do I do?!

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March 26th, 2020

Homeschooling Help! Three children at home – what do I do?!

In this blog, Lulu outlines simple ways to build a routine at home whilst your children's schools are closed. Do you have a timetable? Do you need resources? Find all you need to know here!

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Wherever possible, I would advise trying to stick to a similar timetable that children would follow at school. For example:

9:00: Story time (independent reading) led by you (parent/carer) or a tutor

9:30: Free writing

Ask children to choose an object. They can either describe the object (or person) or write a story about it. Encourage lots of descriptive and interesting language.

10:30: Break-out into the garden if possible (just like break time!) or if this isn’t possible, let them have a little bit of TV or IPad time!

11:00: Number work. Use blocks, cubes, cars, pencils (anything concrete): children can use these objects to help them count.

Refer to this YouTube video if you need some support with teaching double digit addition:

And these worksheets:

12:00-13:00: Lunch!

13:00-15:00: 30 minutes of silent reading followed by either:

  • a 60 minutes nap (for under 3’s)
  • 20-45 minutes of screen time (limit based on your level of comfort)
  • 45 minutes – arts and crafts. Try upcycling something!

Use empty plastic bottles to make musical instruments

  • Fill bottles with colourful beads/rice/macaroni.
  • Paint the bottles.
  • Leave bottles to dry in the garden or on the windowsil.

15:00: Usual after-school routine.

Limit homework if children have made a good effort to focus during the day.

Keep them calm and busy with crafts and board games.

Encourage children to participate in errands and set up a rota for them to become a part of being at home during the day.

They will feel important and you will feel calm (cue freshly brewed tea).

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