Well-being advice for Home Learning
The transition to home learning is a big change for your child. Our aim is to make this change as positive an experience as it can be. The resources and guidelines below can help you work with school to make home learning a successful experience. Following this advice will be helpful for the whole family. Structure and organisation is known to promote a healthy mind and reduce stress and anxiety.
1. Establish a timetable. During a big transition, children need consistency. Keep normal meal and bed times, and start learning when school typically starts each day.
Write your child’s timetable where they can see it
Look at the tasks your child’s teacher has set together at the beginning of the day.
2. Create a designated learning space. Organise learning materials and designate a common area for learning. Ideally, the space has a strong wireless connection, can be blocked from noise at times, and is located where family members can participate in your child’s learning.
3. Begin and end each day with a check in. Designate time to check in with you child and ask how they are feeling. This helps your child feel more secure and supports them to process the situation.
Questions to ask: What are you learning today? What materials do you need? What did you enjoy learning today? What was challenging? How are you feeling today?
4. Schedule physical activity. Physical activity is essential to your child’s wellbeing. Scheduling time for movement and play helps your child have a positive experience at home.
Ideas: Create a family dance, act out a scene from a book, interview a family member, play your favourite game, cook or bake your family’s favourite recipe
5. Support your child’s emotional needs. In stressful times, children need supportive and stable relationships with trusted adults. Stay close with your child and provide age-appropriate information.
These will support children and families with emotional wellbeing eg:
GoNoodle, CalmZone and Headspace. https://www.gonoodle.com/, https://www.headspace.com/ https://www.thecalmzone.net/