Slade Nursery School home learning
Creating structure in our day is an important aspect of keeping ourselves healthy. Structure will help you create a backbone for your days at home and allow the whole family to have a safe day.
The suggestions below could help your children's wellbeing and involvement to be in a good place
Stuck at home all day may make you feel it is great to be lazing around in pyjamas. But a few days of this and you will begin to feel like the days are dragging and unproductive and your wellbeing will decrease.
So make your beds in the morning, get washed and dressed into clothes you feel good in, as this will make you feel good. But you can have fun with this:
- Go out of your door and back in to show it is the start of the day!
- Fancy dress Wednesday - send us photos if you do this for your children's learning journal
- Dress down Friday
Hold Family meetings
How things work at home will change as you go into social distancing. Children can find this change difficult.
It may be helpful for you to sit down together and talk about:
- Choices of what they can do e.g. we could do ----- or we could do----. Choice helps them to feel in control.
- You could draw your ideas about what to do with this time.
- Allow everyone to have their ideas of their hopes and dreams drawn or written. This means you will know what they are thinking.
Create a flexible schedule
Try to keep it a little flexible. Don't be disappointed if things don't go to plan. Be ready to change tactics when it's not working. Be kind to yourselves and your children.
- Create a simple timetable for each person, with pictures so your child can see what is happening
- Add watching T.V. as one slot and then turn it off.
- Add screen time as one slot, but make sure it is age appropriate.
- Add different activities in between screen time, such as book time.
- Doing chores together e.g. a two or three year old can washing up all the plastic cups and bowls, hoovering or sweeping with you, a damp cloth to wipe down the table or cupboards- make it fun
- Try new things e.g. find an online keep fit for children
It is helpful for children to know: now we are doing this ---- and then we will do-------.
Create the right environment
Research shows that the physical environment around us is key to helping foster our wellbeing. What ever the size of your home consider making dedicated spaces for:
- A Quiet space: comfy cushions, books, audio books, cuddly toys, or a home made den. A mat or a rug could create the boundary of this zone, so it can be moved if you need to.
- A work space: computer, pencils and paper so your nursery age child can do something alongside their older siblings.
- A messy space: this could be on a table or done on the floor. Have a box of things they can use such as a glue stick, scissors, paper, paints.
- An active space: You will need a space to be active inside - can you create this in a hallway? Move everything that is breakable.
It can be fun making these spaces with the children or making them as a suprise for when they wake up!
Tidy up time
The ritual of tidying up at the end of one activity and the start of another is crucial. It is great for our wellbeing. Tidy up at the end of each day:
- Putting the messy play things back in their box, books in the quiet area etc.
- moving toys out of your eyeline - work with your children at the end of the day to put toys back in their right place so you can transition into down time as they sleep/wind down in bed.