By Monique Carter.
To all our Families Learning At Home
Last week we began to support families Learning At Home through provision of resources delivered via email and also hosted on our website - on the newly created Learning From Home page
We truly believe that students learn best through doing, rather than viewing. With this in mind we have endeavoured to create resources that are more than 90% off line, that are a balance of hands on, focused learning, traditional academic subjects, and creating, making and learning through play investigation and wonder. We have tried to strike a balance of independent and collaborative activities that can be done outdoors or inside.
If you are using our resources - the Learning Overview is the key document – please open this first. There are also supporting documents delivered via email and also hosted on our website
Our Department of Education also has a suite of resources to support families – these can be found at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/learning-at-home/
We know routine and certainty support wellbeing – so we have some tips below that may help
Develop a routine
Children and young people are used to the routine and structure of school. To support their ongoing learning, it is important they have as much routine and certainty as possible in their day. You can support your child or young person’s learning by –
- Involving your child in establishing a simple, consistent, and responsive daily routine
- Including times for eating, reading, talking, writing, playing and exercise.
- Displaying your daily routine so everyone in the family can see it.
- Creating a balance between more formal learning with time for reading books, exploring the outdoors and child initiated learning opportunities.
- Being prepared for things not going to plan and being flexible.
It is a good idea to set up an ‘at home’ learning space where children have access to the things they need. A dedicated learning space separates work and play which supports children’s focus and concentration. This will allow you to organise and manage learning materials and assist where necessary.
- Involve your child in creating their learning space.
- Consider the age and independence of your child when deciding on the location of the learning space
- Remember to use safe outdoor spaces for learning throughout the day.
We have also created a daily planner sample to assist you with planning each day at home. This is ONLY a guide and can be found on our webpage.
Our students from Grade 1to Grade 6 can have a list of tasks/activities chosen from our overviews to complete, that you can expect them to do with a level of independence.
Our kinder to prep students will need more adult assistance with their tasks, there will be more games, more exploring together, more reading to, and with each other, but you can balance this with free time to build, play outside, make with parents at a distance.
Audio books are your friends during this time – they will give everyone some quiet, focused time.
We look forward to seeing what our children are up to so send us any photos of them learning at home – maybe even teach them to zoom – so that at some point in time they can chat to us this way.
We wish you well – enjoy happy times together