Distance Learning Hints, Tips and Encouragement with Swizzels *WIN* AD

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Swizzels have kindly offered to give two readers a tub of Sweet Shop Favourites each. See the bottom of the post to enter

I don’t know about you but we have been finding distance learning, home education, whatever you call it, it’s HARD!

We have two children aged 9 and 4, year 5 and reception at school, and we’ve found the age gap a challenge. While one is learning phonics the other is dealing with fronted adverbials, Macbeth and fractions.

We have kind of got into a bit of a routine now. Anyone who knows me in real life will be stifling a laugh here because I am not well known for being organised. 

This is what we do to help our distance / home learning go a little more smoothly:

Our school uses KLZ, we don’t have any live lessons (thank the lord the twice weekly Zooms have me coming out in a cold sweat).

Big L, 9, has a folder with dividers for each day of the week and behind that each subject English, Maths, Topic and so on. Each day I print out the sheets needed for the day and put them in the folder.

We then get a laptop set up and open all the tabs he will need for the day. 

That is pretty much him set up to go, although there is a lot of cajoling to get going, carry on, get back to his seat etc.

Little L, 4, is more resistant in that it is very difficult to get him to, well, do anything actually. 

I have found that being fairly organised helps as both boys know what to expect each day.

Big & Little L enjoying their treat

Having spoken to their teachers we also realise the importance of taking breaks

They both have a good run around the garden at least once a day (they sound a bit like dogs don’t they?). Their teachers have said that at school they would have an hour lesson then be able to get out and run around if at school so they need the down time between lessons at home too.

One of their teachers even advocated bribery with sweets which is where Swizzels come in…

Now, I know there will be a lot of parents tutting away at this but I think there is nothing wrong with using sweets as a little encouragement. Swizzels sent us two of their Sweet Shop Favourites boxes which are, I think, great value at £5.00. I’ve ordered a present from the Swizzels Shop myself, for Big L’s best friend during lockdown last year so they make a great treat through the post too.

The Sweet Shops Favourite 750g tub contains all your well, favourites, including Drumsticks, Love Hearts, Double Dips, Squashies, Refreshers Bars, Fizzers, Fruity Pops, Parma Violets.    

I’ve made a special label to stick to the lid too!

Tip of Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites tub with a sign "A little bit of encouragement for Big L"

You can download your own label to print out if you like click Swizzels Encouragement Label.

We’ve found not only are sweets good for bribery… I mean encouragement, but you can also use them for teaching maths, addition, subtraction and even fractions!

How do you encourage distance learning?

To be in with a chance of winning one of two tubs of Sweet Shop Favourites from Swizzels enter here:

Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites

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