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How to Home School your children during the lockdown period

A guide to home schooling your children for all Key Stage and GCSE's during the Lockdown of coronavirus

An introduction to How to Home School By WTX News and Mr Shahid Hussain.

With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has ordered the closure of schools from Monday. Parents across the country now face educating their children at home for months. Without preparation, it might seem like a daunting task, but here’s a guide on how to Home School 2020.

Now that the schools are closed we have put together a guide for parents and students to get through this time as productively as possible. It’s not perfect and certainly not one-size that fits all. But we will create regular content for you to use, using online resources and give you tips form educators and teachers on the how-to home School your children.

The thought of being stuck home with kids fill you with terror, or even just leave you wondering how you’re going to fill all that time? Well here’s a guide to help you and of course, we will always be available if you need any help or tips.

Information about Coronavirus COVID-19

The Virus spreads through germs, when the infected person coughs, sneezes or is visibly sick. The person who coughs or sneezes should catch there cough/sneeze in a tissue and then dispose of it immediately.
In a typical setting, in the home, a virus can incubate itself and survive for approximately 24 hours. So always wipe down all surfaces, especially when you cook. Protect you and your family by using antibacterial wipes when you enter the home, from germs that may have been brought in from the outside whilst shopping.
If you are 2.5 meters away from the person who sneezes you should be safe from infection. Or give them a mask. If you feel you were closer than approx 2.5 meters then you should wash your hands with antibacterial gel and also wash your face with soapy water.
Drink and consume plenty of Vitamin C, although it is not a cure, it will help the immune system fight against the Coronavirus, COVID19.

How to Home School

During the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the globe, Parents have the most difficult of jobs, not only are you needed to be a parent but you will be the facilitators of the education provisions at home.

Our special educational correspondents led by Mr Hussain has been sharing some insights so you can you make the most out of the time you have with your children. “I know my friends and family have been reaching out to me for help with planning activities and lessons at home. ” So in order to facilitate these requests, he has put together a guide to help all parents to facilitate their children education.

We have collated online resources that you as parents can use in addition to the school provisions. If you have found useful additional resources, feel free to get in touch and I’ll update the list.

Additionally, if you want something specific or have a question you can email info@wtxnews.com or comment below, which is generally faster, and we will put your questions to our educational specialists daily.

Mr Hussian is a teacher and has been teaching for 15 years both locally in the Northwest, nationally in London and internationally in the UAE. Heading departs and creating vital resources for children and teachers alike. An innovator in the educational department and will be with us throughout the quarantine period.

Tips to Home Schooling

  • Create a subject timetable for your children in partnership with them.
  • Be creative with the timetable – add singing, gardening, exercise, cooking, Lego building.
  • Involve your child to come up with homeschooling rules.
  • Set appropriate rewards and sanctions so the rules are enforceable.
  • Be patient, and ensure vocabulary with them is positive.
  • Empower them to take charge of their learning.
  • Schedule play and break times, give them and yourself a much-needed break.
  • Stay on top of what they are doing.
  • Assess their learning at the end of the lesson, What Went Well (WWW), Even Better If (EBI)
  • Create a reflective diary so your child can see the progress they have achieved,
  • Most importantly – make it fun!

Generic Educational tools – Cross range of subjects and Key Stages levels

BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Primary, Secondary and Post-16 with a full selection of subjects.  Lessons usually consist of interactive content and a summative quiz. A good useful and interactive resource, for children to work with on a daily basis.

The Scouts

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors
The scouts have released some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun at the same time.  These include: building a miniature raft, A storm in a cup and using a camera.

BrainPop

https://www.brainpop.com
BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.

Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Online worksheets to download from EYES to KS4, home learning and school closure packs are available.

STEM

https://www.stem.org.uk/

Free STEM resources for home learning.  Stem subject experts have put together a selection of resources – all of which are completely free for everyone to access. The subject experts are also available from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays via the websites webchat.

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org
A non-profit with the mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.  Daily schedules for students ages 4-18 to keep them learning.

Openlearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Over 1000 free learning resources from the Open University. A good educational tool for Key Stage 4 students, especially Year 11 students.

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Checklist

It is strongly advised to work from home if it is possible, especially those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
It is advised to not use public transport if it is possible, especially those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women. Make sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap when leaving and returning home. Avoid using any handrails, or wear surgical gloves.
Don't visit family or friends unless it's essential. Even then take precautions to ensure neither of your pass the virus onto each other. However, stay in contact with each other via WhatsApp and always alert each other to your symptoms if you have any and of course, follow the procedure and NHS guidelines.
Don't socialise outside and if you must go out remember to wash your hands before leaving and when returning and stick to the 2-metre rule. Avoid touching your face when your outside and make sure you catch your sneeze or cough in a tissue paper and bin it!
If you think you have any symptoms then you must follow the guidelines of NHS for Self-Isolation and DON'T go to the hospital call 111.
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