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How to stop kids from getting bored at home
By Vicky at Galore Park
10 May
With businesses and schools currently, and quite suddenly, shut due to the Covid-19 outbreak, parents up and down the country are facing the challenge of home schooling their children - potentially for the first time. 

We know that it can be difficult to keep children engaged, particularly at the moment where routines have been affected. So here are a few of our top tips on how you can keep your children from getting bored at home, and get the most out of your home schooling efforts.

Know Your Child

It may sound obvious, but the key place to start when defining your home schooling plans is to consider what type of learner your child is. Some pupils do better in a class setting, whereas others thrive when being taught one to one. 

Think about the types of resources you’re using too. Some children are visual learners, so images and videos can work really well, but others learn by doing - so planning tasks that they can get physically stuck into is a great idea. Knowing what keeps your child engaged and catering your home schooling plan to their type of learning will help them from getting bored right from the offset.

Focus On Their Passions

Similarly, this is a great time for passion projects! It’s important to keep in touch with the school and ensure that you’re working towards the learning objectives and goals that they have set out, however, this is a really good time for kids to pursue interests they haven't had time to focus on in the past. Whether that’s a musical instrument, learning to bake, or becoming the next Picasso, now is the time to let them try! Hopefully, by introducing new activities into their schooling you can capture their imagination and keep them from getting disengaged.

Stick to Routines

As above, it’s really important to give your children the flexibility to try new things, however, routine is still important. Try and set a routine where possible, whether that’s certain subjects every morning or maintaining the same breaks and lunch hours that they’re used to. 

Learning in short bursts around the breaks should help to keep them from getting too bored and keep them engaged. However, don’t be too hard on yourself, or your kids, if the routine shifts slightly over time, though - it’s to be expected at this time!

If you’re looking for more home education ideas, then our products could be perfect for you. Teacher or parent, they are equally suitable for use in class and for pupils currently studying for their pre-tests, 11+ school entrance exams or 13+ Common Entrance exams at home. We have a wide variety of home education resources for the 11+ and 13+, including textbooks, revision guides, workbooks, exam practice questions and answers, and real past papers from the ISEB. 

We have also compiled a range of resources to help parents and carers support children learning at home while schools are closed including free resources (such as revision timetables), handy hints and tips, and free remote lessons from our partners, Atom Learning. Browse our range of Home Learning Support resources here.

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