Your child’s school will be providing learning resources for you and your child to use at home and this is the best place for you to start.
When planning learning and educational activities at home it might help to:
- Remember that a good home learning environment encourages children and young people to have positive attitudes to learning, to be curious, and to have confidence in themselves.
- Try to give your child some control over their learning – give them options of when, where and how they might work.
- Work with your child to identify a list of activities that will keep them busy.
- Try and include tasks that your child can complete on their own to give them a sense of independence and allow you time away.
- Encourage your child to set themselves some learning goals and targets.
- Tap into your child’s interests – we learn best when activities are motivating and meaningful.
- Have realistic expectations -learning happens when we feel calm and comfortable. Encouraging and pushing children to engage in learning activities when they are feeling stressed may
increase their levels of anxiety.
- Be flexible, if things are not going to plan, try making the task shorter or move onto something more motivating.
- Encourage your child to talk about and tell you what they have done. This helps to give a sense of purpose and achievement.
- Stay positive - showing an interest in your child’s work and encouraging them can make a real difference. You don’t need to know the answers!
- Praise your child for their efforts, for example “you’ve worked so hard on this, well done!” or “you have found a great way to do that, it worked out really well”.
- Remember everyday life, playing and talking are all important for learning. Be creative, use your imaginations, join in their play and have fun together.
If you're looking for some extra ideas, there are plenty of easy-to-use materials out there. It can feel quite overwhelming, so these are a few key sites that might be helpful:
- Scottish Government website with sections on learning at home and links to helpful educational resources.
- Education Scotland website Parentzone guidance and support for parents and families regarding learning at home.
- Fun activities for children and young includes ideas for indoors and confined spaces.
- Scottish book club ideas and activities to help parent’s encourage children to read. Includes reading, writing and counting activities.
- Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.
- Ideas to help young children learn at home through play (Highland Council)
- Autism Toolbox resources and links recommended for practitioners and families who are supporting autistic children and young people at home during the school closures
- Resources and ideas for supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs learning at home over the coming weeks.