Good Morning! I hope that you are all well and taking good care of yourselves. Please remember to follow all the advice about looking after yourself and others by self isolating if appropriate and social distancing.
There are lots of resources like the two above as well as all the learning grids and hints and tips on our website and class blogs.
A few tips for getting started I would suggest – agree a Timetable for each day, choose which activities on the learning grid you will follow. and talk it through together with your child. Put in some breaks, some down time for you both and some FUN!
Remember turn taking games – strategy games like Connect 4 and checkers – are all great for social skills and thinking skills. Good old noughts and crosses is a challenge – so remember to put them into your day. Jigsaws are great for fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Get your child to make their own – have a go yourself. Lego challenge cards are on the Blog so try one a day. Drawing and colouring in are creative and relaxing and great for hand -eye coordination! Charades and acting out favourite nursery rhymes or stories are fun (and funny, but you have to take a turn too)
Make time to read – for your child to read independently and tell you about it later, to read with your child and to read to your child! Also read something yourself and tell them about it – be their role model! There are lots of books on line, sites like audible have also made content free and your child can use the City of Edinburgh library Service.
Enjoy some energetic activities – outdoors think about social distancing or indoors with Gonoodle or Joe Wicks.
You don’t have to know the answers – let your child be a researcher, let them teach you by making fact files or quizzes about favourite subjects.
Write for a purpose – can they help you make lists of jobs to do, give them a shopping budget, make menus and buy the ingredients, or create new ones, help with the cooking – lots of weighing and measuring to do! Send neighbours who are self isolating or just on their own a letter, a joke or a picture to cheer them up!
At the end of each day talk about what you did. Share the highlights (and the not so highlights) and talk about what you will do tomorrow.
Keep in touch, let me know how you are and what you are doing and take care!