Home Learning – A Guide for Families
We thought it would be useful to share some ideas for continuing learning at home, which may help as we move together into this unexpected and unprecedented chapter. Learning experiences will look different at home than they do in nursery. This is to be expected, and we must appreciate that everyone in our school community will have different pressures on them throughout this time. Nevertheless, we aim to work in partnership with you to allow exciting and motivating learning opportunities to continue for our children beyond the nursery building.
We have put together a home learning grid with a variety of experiences that you are welcome to use as you wish. These will hopefully give you some ideas of activities your child may enjoy. Find learning experiences in ordinary activities! Remember, spending time with you learning how to bake or cook a meal, exploring nature or helping you with tasks around the house and chatting to you about how they feel are all just as valuable as more formal learning experiences. Home Learning Grid
General Tips for Enjoyable Shared Learning
Try to keep daily routines consistent as far as possible so the children know what to expect- for example, getting up and dressed, work time, meal times and bedtime. We have attached an example that illustrates different ways you might like to break up the day. Some days snuggling up on the couch and watching TV are just what they (and you) need.
Build in some time to exercise each day, even if you are unable to leave the house. We will be able to sign post you in the direction of physical tasks, or online sessions such as Cosmic Kids, Joe Wicks Body Coach or Go Noodle as these are great ways to get children moving indoors.
Finally look after their mental health too. Give them plenty of time to play and relax. Talk to your child about what is going on, why they are not at nursery, and give them time to ask questions. We have included some visual social stories and a social story script that are a useful way to explain the situation and alleviate worries.
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