Friday, 27 March 2020

Home Schooling For Dummies*: Surviving The First Week


*Me, the parent, not the kid

If you've been home-schooling for the first time this week because of the Coronavirus, give yourself a pat on the back because we did it - we survived the first week! (Almost, it isn't quite lunchtime as I'm typing this, but fingers crossed there are no major meltdowns this afternoon.)

I'm not going to lie, it's been a bit rocky these past few days. It started off great, but the novelty soon wore off for Isobel and learning at home was no longer fun. She was fed up and wanting to chill out in her pyjamas (I can't blame her, but this thing needs doing). BUT WE GOT THERE. It's Friday and Isobel is currently - and peacefully - working on a task set by her teacher online.



It's been a steep learning curve for all involved, but we're adapting. Chris and I are taking it in turns to take charge of the home-schooling (Chris has the mornings, I have the afternoons) so we both get a chunk of time where we can fully concentrate on our work. We have a little sign hung up on the door to remind Isobel (and us!) who's on 'duty' if she needs help.


Like the rest of the nation, we've had a go at Joe Wick's PE lessons on YouTube (I may never walk again without wincing) but Isobel's also been having a go at kids' yoga. There was a cute Frozen session, where the instructor tells the story while incorporating yoga poses.

We've also completed our first game of Scrabble, which was fun and we'll be starting a new game on Monday.


How have you got on during your first week? Any tips to share? Let us know in the comments below :)

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