During this time children and young people need support to create new routines that will keep them busy and give them a sense of control of their lives.
School work at home
Routines and schedules are key to helping them through this unprecedented phase in their lives. By having a structured and predictable day they will feel more secure and reassured.
Sticking to a full schoolwork timetable will not work for everyone. Insisting on one may lead to heightened stress and tension at home, particularly if you have a number of school-going children. Be flexible and sensible.
We know that many are finding this a very stressful time. The Department of Education and Skills have created some resources for parents, children, and young people to help.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have also created a list of online resources.
- Keeping a schedule and a routine is key to smooth home schooling. Getting up and getting dressed at around the same time in the morning helps to set the tone for the rest of the day.
- Planning what work needs to be done in advance will help in getting it all to run smoothly. It will also help younger children to work better alone and avoid confusion.
The Department of Education and Skills has created a sample plan for the day. Not everything in your schedule may work well, remember that the plan can be adjusted and is a work in progress.
- Planning regular healthy snack and exercise breaks will help to maintain concentration and motivation.
- The RTÉ Home School Hub at 11am daily, and Cúla4 Ar Scoil are great resources for primary school children.
- Home schooling does not just have to be about school work. This time is a great opportunity to teach your children some great life skills. Get them involved in housework, in food preparation, gardening and general chores around the house.
- It is also important to incorporate creative time into your daily routine. Creative Ireland have some great ideas
- Keep an eye on screen time – try and maintain a balance between learning and fun both on screen and off.