Tips from Clyde Grammar School Principal to Thrive at Home

With Term Two underway and the majority of children learning from home, we have reached out to an expert for tips to help your family to thrive.

At Mirvac, we are passionate about lifelong learning and building communities that have access to quality education in order to enrich the lives of our residents and their families. 

To assist parents within the home environment, we have asked Leanne Evans, the Principal of Clyde Grammar, a renowned independent school planned for our Smith's Lane community, for her tried and tested tips to keep the little ones' minds and bodies active while at home.

1. Plan a Daily Routine

“I think it is important to follow some sort of routine as often as possible. Children thrive when life follows a regular pattern and they have an idea of how their day or week is going to unfold,” Leanne said.

Leanne recommends running your day around set mealtimes for example: work, snack, work, lunch, work, etc. These work times should be realistic and flexible. 

“Try to devise a schedule for the day and explain this to your children, or even put it up somewhere in picture form for the young ones,” she said. 

“If children are reluctant or objectionable, which they can be for their parents and luckily not for us teachers, you could arrange some kind of reward chart for completed work,” she said. 

Reward children with something fun to do – agreed upon by both of you – when a timeframe or learning milestone is met. If either you or your child become stressed or upset, she recommends a quiet time apart!

 

2. Find that Work from Home / Home School Balance

 
At Mirvac, we understand that a lot of parents are balancing working from home with home-schooling their children during this time.

“Mix it up and keep IT based programs that your children can use more independently for when you need to work. Most schools will have sent their students logins home which enable access to programs which they subscribe to and the children will already be familiar with,” Leanne said.

Parents need to do what works best for their own unique situation within their home. Obviously, a lot of learning will be IT based; however, it is extremely important (especially for younger children) that this time is monitored or even timetabled. 

3. Encourage Physical and Mental Well-being 

 It is recommended that children experience movement of some form each day, and regularly throughout the day.

“Remember that at school, children spend recess and lunch playing outdoors, and also have scheduled physical education classes,” Leanne said.

While at home it is important to encourage the same physical activity.

“This is an uncertain time for adults and children and like, and the wellbeing of your home should always come first,” she said.

Child Mind has shared an article on Supporting Kids during the COVID-19 Crisis which provides valuable information on how to support children during this time. 

4. Create Fun “After-School” Ideas

Even though children are not physically “coming home” from school, give them the opportunity to find separation between school work and after school activities by getting creative.

“You could set your child a ‘challenge’ with toys they have at home, like Lego or building blocks,” Leanne said.

“Ask them to build something that is taller than a cereal box, something that can float or support the weight of a tin of spaghetti.”

Leanne also recommends finding an easy art or craft activity – keeping in mind that you would already need to have all the materials ready and provide simple, concise instructions beforehand. 

Pinterest have many great art and craft ideas. YouTube kids is also a great ‘time filler’ for children and provides appropriate material for their age group.

 

 

Sources of information are independent and not owned or managed by Mirvac. The information provided is outside of Mirvac’s control and subject to change. Last updated 9 April 2020.
*Clyde Grammar and other proposed education institutions including the kindergarten and primary school are being delivered by third parties and are subject to development approvals and construction. The proposed amenity will not be owned or managed by Mirvac and timings and outcome are outside of Mirvac's control and subject to change.