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Five steps for home learning: A practical, realistic and effective approach

We are almost one month into the coronavirus lockdown. As the summer term gets underway, Matt Bromley offers further advice on teaching activities and approaches that are practical, realistic and effective for home education

The term “home-schooling” – though ubiquitous – is, I think, a misnomer. No-one should expect parents to “school” their children during the coronavirus lockdown in the sense of following the national curriculum. “Purposeful home study” may be more appropriate.

With this in mind, I would suggest that our top priority should be to help parents to keep their children physically and mentally healthy.

In terms of keeping physically healthy, we would do well to encourage daily exercise. There are plenty of online workout videos to choose from.

In terms of keeping mentally healthy, we might encourage parents to manage the information they share with their children with regards the coronavirus. We could provide mindfulness activities, too.

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