Regardless of your child’s age, whether a toddler or a teenager, it’s important they continue to stimulate their brains in some way during the UK lockdown. Sadly for them, this doesn’t mean that they should sit on their technological devices from dusk until dawn; there are many other things to do that will keep them busy and allowthem to continue working, even while schools are closed. After all, you don’t want them to fall behind.
As a parent, it’s important to encourage your kids to carry out some educational activities. I have teamed up with The Beacon School to offer the following advice to help your child stay motivated to learn while their schools are shut:
Initiate a family book club
If you have plenty of books at home, you could introduce a family book club. Each of you can choose a book and once you’ve all finished reading, you can discuss what you have read together, exploring the different themes of each of your novels. If your child likes to write, you could encourage them to write up a review of any books they have read or even get creative and suggest an alternative ending.
Explore the great outdoors
Current UK lockdown rules allow us to go outside to exercise, so on days when the weather is nicer, be sure to explore the great outdoors and teach your children about nature and the seasons. This will also ensure they are getting some much needed fresh air and exercise.
Check for online resources
Both public and independent schools have been adding learning resources to their websites to keep their students busy. It’s important to encourage your child to complete these tasks and consider helping them with any subjectsthey might be struggling with, so that when they return to school they feel confident rather than left behind.
Be sure to bear in mind that learning comes in various other forms, not just academia. Essentially, the trick is to keep them mentally and physically stimulated whilst they’re not at school so that they continue to learn, while also enjoying family time.