Are you a parent or carer who in these very unusual times have been given the responsibility of homeschooling their kids?
Lockdown Lifesavers is an additional page to my website which I hope will offer you some alternative or additional ideas to the daily timetable!
There are also some handy websites providing stimulating ideas for children of all ages.
This is a great time to re- connect with your kids especially if they have become disillusioned with the monotony of learning! Use this as a cup half full time rather than the other way round! And enjoy them! This is a time when you have some control over what they learn!
Remember, they learn better when they are happy!
wild-days.org Activities and videos giving you ideas to do in your outside space.
bbc.org.uk/teach/supermovers ** [see below] Teaching your kids the curriculum through song and dance.
pobble365.com This website gives you a picture each day with a series of questions and problems to solve.It also offers a Story Starter each day, A Sentence Challenge and A sSick Sentence Solver. Great ideas for alternative literacy lessons.
natgeokids.com/uk Geography based ideas for a topic. Themes include Volcanoes, Tigers, Rain forest and Aboriginal Art
tate.org.uk Lots of fun activities using art as a starting block. Includes quizzes.
cosmickids.com Yoga lessons for kids on line [fee to pay]
** Typical bbc wouldn't let me link you! But you can reach the site by entering the above website yourselves! Its really worth it, its got some great ideas!
An example of Aboriginal Art
Research has shown that children learn more enthusiastically if they have an interest in what they are being taught.
So, allow them to choose a topic or subject they have a particular interest in and you will find they don't have to be nagged to do their schoolwork. They will want to do it! Phew!
For example, they may be fascinated by Volcanoes. they could then research the famous volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past. An example of this could be Mount Vesuvius which destroyed the Italian city of Pompeii in AD 79. The remains of the town are still present today and give us an extraordinary insight into what life was like in Roman times.
There are more ideas and facts about Volcanoes on the natgeokids.com/uk site mentioned above. There is also instructions of how to make a Volcano on my Rock Theme page which could be a follow up topic when the volcanoes have been exhausted! Also The Romans might be another interesting follow up too. Having seen pictures of Pompeii might just spur an interest in Roman life and times!!
Children, normally spend a great chunk of their lives in school with their timetable all mapped out for them. So Lockdown is a perfect opportunity for them to take control and choose how they spend their day.
Providing you are happy that they have done something formal and directed some time during the day then why NOT allow them some down- time to indulge in activities they enjoy.
Treat this crazy time as a gift. And make the most of it!
It also allows you time to catch up!
See my Outdoor Activities page for some fun Lockdown Lifesavers ideas!
This is a lonely time for the kids.
Older children are missing their friends and younger children who are used to being in regular contact with other family members probably wonder why they are not seeing them any more.
So as another Lockdown Lifesaver you might like to suggest they write a diary each day. This would allow them to write down their feelings, their thoughts and perhaps reminders of what they would like to tell people when they eventually get to see them face to face. Of course it must have illustrations too!
Younger children could also make a journal in picture form about the activities they have done and enjoyed each day so that they could show or even give to their family members next time they see them. They could add a happy or sad face to show if they enjoyed the activity or not!
Have a look at Pepys' diary in relation to the London Plague of 1665. See below. Older children only.
A very famous pandemic of the past was the The Great Plague which happened in 1665, more than 300 years ago.
It caused the deaths of 70,000 people who lived in the city of London.
A useful website for researching this topic is:
This could be followed up by the Great Fire of London which happened while the Plague was still taking place It was, in one way a good thing, as it rid the city of London of 70,000 of its 80,000 homes of which many were still infected. But despite this vast number of destroyed dwellings there were only 6 verified deaths.Amazing!
A website to look at is:
You could also suggest looking up Pepys Diary which includes fine descriptions of both the Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Also look at the londoners-lamentation which you can find on line. It's a broadside ballad published in 1666 giving an account of the fire and the limits of its destruction.
Yes do it because you can!
And I don't just mean the kids I mean the whole family! At least the ones who are at home anyway!
Allow them to slop around in their PJ's and do just what they like even if it means forgetting the timetable for a day!
If you are worried about them getting too comfortable being at home and not keeping up with their work, center your day around something relaxed such as reading a book or watching a family film together. Having a family sing song is a fun way of spending some valuable time together or even playing a game such as monopoly. All these things keep the old mind ticking over!
Why not use this time to learn a new skill?
1 Make some yummy cookies [download recipe here]
2. Learn to knit. wikihow.com/Teach-a-child-to-knit
3. Get Creative and paint an abstract picture.
Mont Marte How to paint an abstract painting for kids - U-tube
4. Make something out of junk materials and paint it
5. Plant a seed or two!
You don't have to buy them, seeds are everywhere!
I hope these lockdown lifesavers have been useful to you and the kids and now you might like to look for more ideas and activities on the rest of my website.
Thank you for visiting and keep safe!