This week’s coronavirus column comes from Del Fasoranti who runs the Tutor Doctor Buckinghamshire with his wife, Linda.

The company helps children in the Amersham, Chesham, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Little Chalfont, Chalfont St. Peters and Marlow areas, as well as Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire.

And with lockdown being extending with several schools in the county and beyond closed until further notice, Del is hoping that school students across the county are still being taught their maths, English and science lessons.

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Del Fasoranti said: “With the ‘Easter break’ officially over, the reality of home-schooling is upon us once more.

“And for those parents juggling learning at home with working from home, it’s an especially challenging time.

“Here are a few pointers to help manage your time, balance the day and keep the peace.

1. Establish a routine: “Probably one of the most powerful things you can implement, and you’ll notice a difference immediately.

“A paper version pinned to the wall or the fridge is a great visual tool but remember it doesn’t have to be as a regimented as a usual school day.

“Work in one to two-hour time blocks with breaks to avoid learning going stale.

“Create a specific learning area if you can too – it’ll be easier to switch off at “home” time.

2. Make learning fun: “Children can learn without even knowing it if you’re clever.

“Simple things such as doing the laundry or setting the table, right up to managing the family budget or cooking dinner.

“Getting them involved is a great way of doing something that’s actually useful, whilst teaching them worthwhile life lessons along the way.

3. Utilise the resources available: “Every day, more and more resources are becoming available for parents to use.

“Sir David Attenborough hosts lessons about the natural world whilst the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, teaches History on BBC Bitesize.

“This is a perfect opportunity for some independent learning and gives you a valuable ‘working slot’.

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Some free resources to try:

• BBC Bitesize: “You’ll find daily lessons for home-schooling in maths and English for every year, as well as regular lessons in science, history, geography and more

• Audible: “All children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed

• Oak National Academy: “Online resource that’s backed by the government with free access to video lessons, quizzes and worksheets

• YouTube: “Learn @ Home with YouTube – you’ll find daily live streams for different topics, including trigonometry, dance and maths

• STEM Learning: “With resources from subject experts, there’s resources for children of all ages.

4. Don’t forget to communicate. “Whereas children were once able to discuss work with teachers and peers, being at home means those conversations don’t happen.

“At the end of each day – ask them to explain their processes and tell you what skills they’ve been using.

“They will see their learning in a different light, giving them a better chance of absorbing and retaining information as they really understand what they’re doing.

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“Social media could easily lead us to believe that we’ve got to be working out with Joe Wicks every morning and cooking with Jamie Oliver every evening.

“But let’s be realistic! Some days you might just about manage to read a couple of chapters of a book together or practice a few maths problems.

“And that’s fine.

"Celebrate the little achievements and remember that a smile is more valuable than a frown right now.”

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