If you are home-schooling for the first time and finding it difficult to navigate the resources available, then look no further. Free online portal, Countryside Classroom, has everything you need to deliver lessons focussing on food, farming and the natural environment to your children.
Countryside Classroom is a free Home Education Hub offering a range of resources which are fun and easy to follow. With ideas for indoors and outdoors, you will find content relevant to all ages and curriculum subjects on the site, making it ideal if you are home-schooling children of different ages.
Countryside Classroom is also home to Farming Fortnight (1st – 12th June), which will help you immerse your children into the world of farming, as well as find out more about how their food is produce.
Here are some top home-schooling tips from leading educational organisation and founder of Countryside Classroom, LEAF Education:
Top Home-Schooling Tips
- Do not put yourself under any pressure, start off with small activities that you feel comfortable with. As you get more confident, then begin to get creative perhaps venture outdoors and try some art in the garden (if you have one)
- It is probably best that you choose broad topics that allow your child to follow their own interests. Countryside Classroom resources on bread for example could lead to cooking, looking at farm machinery or exploring other cultures – make sure you listen to your child and be guided by what interests them (as well as you!).
- Mix it up to grab interest and foster learning: for example, watch a farming video, discuss the content and answer questions then have a session on active outdoor maths; study a single topic such as where food comes from over several sessions, but break it up with games or puzzles.
- If you are looking to be creative, then make sure you have everything you need to hand or adapt it to what works for you. If you are stretched for time then think about short activities you could set your child, take a look at the Quick Activities booklet for ideas.
- You do not have to be a teacher – find out what works (and doesn’t work) for you and your situation – what have you wanted to do together with your children at home before that you might now take the opportunity to do? You do not have to follow the curriculum – which is why Countryside Classroom’s home education hub is adapted specifically for parents at home helping their children to learn.
Looking to try out some of Countryside Classroom’s resources? Then we’d love to see your little one’s work, share it on this Facebook page or using #CountrysideClassroom.
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