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Clara0009

Any tips for home schooling during COVID? Any good websites for school activities? Any ideas about international online schools? I.e online international Baccalaureate?

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seayork2002

Although my son in in high school this year his old primary set work for the kids to do so his younger friends just did what the school set when nsw was going home schooling before 

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Riotproof

Which year? We did have a few threads before I think. 
 

 

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~LemonMyrtle~

Home schooling?  Or online learning like we did last term?

 

My son is in Foundation.  My advice during online learning (which is very different to home schooling, I have no experience in home schooling) is:

Dont spend 6 hours doing the work, if its taking 6 hours then theyre setting too much work.  When you take out the student dicussions, questions, time wasting, toilet breaks etc that happen in class, there should only be a few hours of actual work a day to do, plus reading and whatever else homework youre used to doing (we have readers and ring words here)

Specialist subjects are important, but if you dont have time or particular interest, skip them if it makes your life easier. Its only temporary. (sorry specialist teachers! I love specialist subjects, but my son is in prep, learning to read and write and count is the priority)

Practice things in every day life to reinforce the learning. Board games for counting, go on walks for PE, sing along to the wiggles for music, buy or borrow a book that suits your kids specilal interests (encyclopedia of dinoaurs, or pokemon characters) let them draw and caft whatever they want in their free time. etc. Kids wont even notice youre squeezing in more school work.

Have lots of snacks on hand (my son is constantly "hungry")

Take small breaks frequently

Try to start early and have it all done by lunch time.

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Mose

My advice: if you are also trying to work...do only what is reasonable. For you.

Not what your school says is reasonable, but what you say is reasonable.

Ultimately, your child will benefit more in the short and long term from the food and housing security that your job brings to the family than they will from any individual distance learning excercise.

Your best is good enough!

Disclaimer: I am firmly of the view that suggesting to parents they can reasonably supervise distance learning AND do whatever else they would normally do during the day (work, care for other children or adults, self care, whatever) is a damaging lie.

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Jenflea

Make a lunch box the night before so they have the same sorts of foods as they'd have at school. 

Fruit, lunch and recess and that's all they get between 9 and 3. It reduces the constant whining of "I'm hungry(bored)"

 

The school should provide you with guidance and work. 

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