Most children won’t have been in school since mid March, so establishing a ‘school routine’ may be really helpful to get their minds back in the game. This could include: waking up at the same time each day, eating around the same time that they would in school, re-focussing on listening skills so that they are ready to socialise; playing games like Simon Says or telling a group story will make this fun!
A couple of weeks before school starts, plan some activities where children will leave and come home around the same time as they would in school.
Equally, there will be new routines back in school such as hand-washing and social distancing. have open conversations about how these measures are helping to keep their child safe and healthy and reiterate to your children that it is safe to go back to school.
2. Keep creative with learning and socialising over the summer:
Since social distancing measures may continue into the summer holidays, get creative with ways for your child to socialise with their friends so that they feel included in activities which are stimulating. For younger children, interactive challenges like scavenger hunts are a great way of being involved with friends online but without having to sit and hold a longer conversation. Facetime or Zoom picnic parties could also be great for Key Stage 2 children!
3. Read to or with your child every day:
This keeps alive all of those essential listening and verbal skills and their vocabulary. Keep a record of which books your child has read, create certificates and a ‘prize-giving’ for when they have read a certain amount of books. They could write reviews and keep them in a folder to show their friends and teachers in September.
4. Contact a tutor for support:
Schools have done a wonderful job at supporting their students as much as they can remotely, however being outside of school will have been disruptive to your child's education to some degree. If you feel as though your child would benefit from some additional support with their studies so that they can start the next academic year with confidence, reach out to a tutor. Capital Tuition Group's tutors are qualified teachers who can provide one-to-one and group tuition either in person or online, for all age groups. Visit our website (www.capitaltuitiongroup.com) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help you.