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As schools remain closed across the UK and beyond we thought we would share our top tips for homeschooling with the help of our Busy Days Planner. We've compiled a list of five tips and tricks to help you achieve top marks and enjoy this time learning at home;

1. Stick to routine

Firstly, structure your day in a way that best suits you and your children. Whether that means getting up at 7am each day to start the day with breakfast or structuring learning time around your work schedule, it's important you set out a routine you can follow each day.

Don't forget to plan in regular breaks for yourself too! The flexible Busy Days layout enables you to divide your day into three helpful sections. Columns could be allocated per child, per subject or to break up hours throughout the day. There's no right or wrong, it's simply about finding a planning routine that works for you.

2. Designated space for learning

To avoid little ones joining your morning conference call or from taking over your workspace, think about having designated areas for your children to study and play.

If you are teaching from the kitchen table or have a desk set up in another room, creating a designated space for learning will help to boost concentration and offers more structure into your home learning. Think about where you will set up these activities when you organise your plans for the week, noting them in your Busy Days Planner will cut down on set-up time and help you get straight into your planned activity.

3. Lifestyle learning

Take away the pressure of curriculum level learning and go off-grid with your kids, use the resources around you to boost skills at home. This could be heading out to the garden to learn about wildlife and plants, from planting seeds to bug hunts or you could use this time to show your children how you make their favourite dinner, encouraging help with the washing up will be a bonus! 

Make it fun. When setting out your plans and activities for the week let your mini-teachers get involved and find out what they would like to learn about over the next week. 

4. Be flexible

Balance out academic work with fun activities to play and enjoy this time together. Take a break and if the weather is nice, play catch in the garden or take the dog out for a walk. It will be a good chance to move around and refocus to get the most out of your day.

Other opportunities for at-home learning can be found in every day tasks such as the weekly shopping list. For older children, you could set out a budget and the cost of ingredients for the meals you would like to make and for younger children, you could practice spelling different items on the list.

5. Breathe

At some point soon this will all be over and life will return to normal, take time to enjoy these precious moments with your family and continue to make memories that will last a lifetime.
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