Wake Up to WFH: Home School

Sam Moinet, Founder of Student Breakthrough and Polly Downes. Resident Coach, specialising in coaching parents and families, join Barry Ennis to share ideas and insights on working from home while home schooling.

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Wake Up to Working From Home our regular reality check on all things WFH.

Since the government took the unprecedented steps to close schools for the majority of children, parents and families have rapidly risen to the challenge of home schooling our young.
Now, as we approach a warm Easter break and continued lockdown measures in place, should we down tools and eat chocolate or try to catch up with the curriculum? And are ‘life lessons’ more important now than ‘maths lessons’?

As a former teacher Sam witnessed many challenges that young people face and has set up Student Breakthrough to support them. And as Mamma of 3 secondary school kids Polly is currently navigating the home school curriculum.

Our format is simple, we take 3 topics and share our insights. We’re not experts. We have the same amount of clues as you, but have experiences and ideas that we will share honestly and with a positive and practical focus.

So today we are going to look at: SCHEDULE, CURRICULUM and MENTAL HEALTH.

Our top tips from today were:
Be in the same structure as a family
Manage expectations
Learning work can help with structure
Help children understand why home school is important right now
Plan for a break from the recent pressures
Find the maths in everyday chores
Use the home or garden as the classroom
Find the purpose in the activity
Small achievable action steps each day
Just 3 things - keep it simple
Reward the wins
What do you want to achieve today?
Play to strengths
Let them set their action steps then let them achieve them
Do 3 things, tick them off then move forward
Work on 1 challenging subject
Find a schedule that fits your family
Be flexible to your family’s needs
Ask for help on the more practical elements
Find out what the tricky subjects are for your children
Respect the nature of their situation
Read around the A level subjects
YouTube is brilliant lesson content
Be fair to yourself, you’re not a Teacher
You’re not ‘home schooling’ you’re doing your best
Big life lessons to be learnt at home
Lessons about what life is really like
Even making a sandwich can be a lesson
Create space if you can
Take a daily walk as a minimum
Plan access to your resources
30 mins per subject then finish at lunch
Routine is key
A time for empathy and listening
Listen to understand, not listen to reply
Get to know the other little people at home
Everyone is going to have at least 1% more empathy
What if we just learnt how to listen better?
Emotional awareness is an important lesson
Name emotions where you can
Take the opportunities to check in on emotions
Allow what is needed in the moment
Leadership - have strength that we will overcome together
The language you use creates the reality for children
Time to make new family rules
Don’t put pressure on yourself
Be flexible
Take each day as it comes
Be realistic about achievements
Negotiate together
Do 1 thing every day

We are back every Monday at 10am and next week we are joined by Lisa Paul, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen for Relationships in Isolation special.

If you have any questions in the meantime email us at Hello@TheWakeUpMethod.com or go to www.TheWakeUpMethod.com

The Wake Up Method takes personal and professional development beyond a focus on Self. We champion everyone to be in a positive relationship with themselves, and also with their sense of community and most importantly our shared environment. Planet Earth.

Sam Moinet - Founder - Student Breakthrough

Polly Downes - Director - PSW Coaching

Barry Ennis PCC - CEO - The Wake Up Method

Barry Ennis PCC

Founder & Creative Leadership Coach, The Wake Up Method

I am obsessed with communication. How we do it, why we do it, when it goes wrong and when it goes right. Humans and the spaces between them are what keep me alive. Coaching is Relationships. We are Relationships. I firmly believe that, by keeping things simple and intuitive is what makes for great work. My approach is to encourage self awareness from the people I work with. I foster an environment where positive, healthy, compassionate challenge is possible. ICF PCC accredited, student of Transactional Analysis and life long learner. Behind me is a 15 year career in TV Production. Back then, my big goal was to work for the biggest show in the world, so that's what I did. Big and spectacular was important to me then. I understand what it is to have a burning gut of ambition. I then realised in 2016 why I did a BA in Communications. I then added a Foundation to Counselling Diploma to my tool box, and the learning journey continues.