New to home-schooling? Tips and tricks to help give kids a headstart

While schools have remained open this term, there is still so much uncertainty with students being sent home, cancelled exams, and the threat of lockdown no3.

So, it’s understandable that parents are taking matters into their own hands.

Following our bizarre 2020, home-schooling has seen a huge surge in numbers as thousands of mums and dads step up to the challenge to educate their children.

The trend kickstarted during the first lockdown when schools closed in March, yet with the ongoing unpredictability of this year parents have chosen to continue the process.

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Parents said they felt elated to have experienced such positivity from home-schooling and this was an incentive to continue keeping their brood under their roof.

With a whopping 38% increase, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services state as many as 75,668 children were home-educated on October 1 – up from 54,656 a year before.

While the numbers seem promising, that education might take a less formal and more individualistic approach to learning, there is still the question of how and what to teach.

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Yet thanks to a superhero gang, aka a group of former primary school teachers, they have come to the rescue with education resources to help us big kids help our little kids.

The Learn at Home packs each contain eight lessons with teacher-led teaching input videos, parent-friendly lesson plans, slideshow presentations and printable worksheets.

Covering an extensive range of fun and unusual topics – from forensic science to cookery lessons and Italian culture to women’s suffrage – there really is something for everyone.

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Hosted on PlanBee, a site that prides itself on being the hive of resources and lesson plans, parents are free to cherry-pick whatever they feel is most suited to their child.

Chatting about the tools, company spokesperson Oli Ryan said their aim to take the stress and anxiety away from teaching to make it enjoyable for the whole family instead.

Oli said: “We hope these packs will take some of the pressure off parents who are new to home-schooling. They’re designed specifically for mums and dads, so there’s no educational jargon.

“Educating your children at home can seem a pretty daunting prospect, but with these packs we think we’re helping with the heavy-lifting.”

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He added: “We wanted to make sure that the lesson packs were educational, but interesting and fun, too. We’ve made sure they cover topics that children are unlikely to have learned about in school previously – hopefully it’ll all be new to them!”

As a taster, PlanBee have put one of the lesson videos online for free so you can take a peek at what the packs look like. There’s also a great money-off offer for the whole of December.

To start prepping your lessons, click here: PlanBee.

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