Today we look at the challenge of working with numerous children at home. How do you manage all those spinning plates? Have you got any other suggestions? Why not join our online community to discuss your thoughts and share your successes.
Working with Numerous Children at Home
Teaching children of multiple levels is a balancing act for teachers and can be very stressful sometimes. At home, try not to replicate school and do whatever works for your family. Flexibility can be key but not too much, or nothing will be achieved.
Top tip : Complete Maths and Literacy in the morning when your children’s energy levels are high. Save the group activities for the afternoon. We all get tired in the afternoon, attention levels drop and children will prefer to do subjects such as Science or Art.
If children have been set independent work from school, it is easier to start one child off first with their work and then move onto another child. The goal is that when you’re teaching one child the other children will be working. This encourages independence but can take time to embed.
If children are struggling to work independently at first, give them more achievable tasks to complete by themselves. Ask them to do a drawing, some colouring in handwriting practice or read, whilst you are starting with one of them.
It is also helpful to have tasks, that can be completed independently, prepared for when a child finishes earlier than others or needs support when you’re working with a sibling.
Getting all the children to work together as much as possible will save time and make life easier. This usually works best with subjects that can be accessed my all age groups, such as Art, Music, Science, History or Geography. Here are a few examples:
- Try reading as a family together. There’s nothing better than sitting down with the kids and a good book, snuggled under a blanket, enjoying a story.
- Enjoy this beautiful weather we’re having as much as possible by getting outdoors. Try a nature walk or hunt for animal tracks. This can be done by all age groups.
- Try lots of hands-on activities like baking, playing board games, painting, making picture books. Lots of learning opportunities can be found in these activities.
Top tip : Encourage the older children to help the younger ones. This is a good method to stimulate a younger child’s learning. This will also give the older children a sense of responsibility and develop their skills for teaching others.
Remember children are learning from the moment they wake up when living full and engaging lives.