Parents across the UK and beyond have been forced to adapt to home schooling in the past year or so. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, 87% reported doing so between May and June 2020.
Many families will be glad for a return to their normal routines. But home schooling was already growing in popularity before the pandemic hit, and from increased quality time to the record-breaking rise of P.E. with Joe Wicks, others will have found lots to like.
It’s rarely as simple as setting up at the dining table with some books and stationery, however. Educate yourself on some of the key items you’ll need to make home schooling successful below.
First think about where you’ll do most of your teaching from. This might be a home office, a spare room or elsewhere. But wherever it is, you’ll need to make sure it’s sufficiently comfortable for extended periods of work.
You could invest in a child-sized desk and chair if you don’t have them already, while extra task lighting may be needed to supplement natural light throughout the day.
Allocating storage for their books and equipment will be key too. You could repurpose existing furniture or buy designated containers.
Technology and software
You may not have benefitted from it yourself – but the positive impact technology can have on learning can’t be overlooked. Laptops and tablets can give you access to a variety of engaging learning resources while teaching them vital skills for modern times.
Microsoft Office is just one key software package your child will benefit from. You may also want to upgrade your broadband if your existing plan could slow them down, while other potential buys include cameras, printers and backup storage.
All this learning equipment will add up if you’re starting from scratch, but you could spread the cost to make it more manageable.
How well stocked are you when it comes to pens, paper, books, sticky notes and filing? Don’t forget pencil cases, and you might want to add reusable whiteboards to your shopping list if you’re keen to reduce your environmental impact.
There are other times when you’ll both want to get a little more creative. This could mean kitting them out with craft items such as scissors, glue, paint, portfolio books and more, to help bring their ideas to life.
Think about the items you’ll need as a teacher too, like a projector, a mobile easel, a stapler and plenty of highlighters.
The length of your shopping list might now be overwhelming. But with most of the above, plus your commitment and a positive attitude, you’ll adapt to your new role in no time.