Parent hacks to make homeschooling easier with or without a laptop

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

News Highlights: Parent hacks to make homeschooling easier with or without a laptop.

Let’s face it, with or without the necessary technology, homeschooling isn’t easy.

That’s why we’re sharing some of the best hacks to make learning at home a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

Some parents have shared their clever ideas with us to get around technical issues, others have pointed out to us that there is great educational content that you can share with your child on your mobile phone or smart TV.

New Readmio reading app is one of many parent hacks suggested to make homeschooling easier (Image: Readmio)

We’re sharing some of our favorites today as part of our Laptops4Kids campaign, working with the Birmingham branch of the Digital Education Partnership (BEP) to try to donate and pass on as many old laptops as possible to children who need them . them.

Here’s how donate money here and donate a laptop here.

Buy a Commonwealth passport and card and take on the Commonwealth Challenge

Sport Birmingham, the city’s sports and exercise partnership, has developed a free family training resource.

The idea is to get 15 minutes of physical activity at home on a regular basis to earn material for your school and Love2Shop vouchers for your family.

Complete your trip from Australia to Birmingham prior to the Commonwealth Games with your passport and card to tick off what you did. There are many different activities to try. Find out more here

Sport Birmingham’s Commonwealth Challenge to get families active at home (Image: Sport Birmingham)

Stream Google’s Chrome Cast to your smart TV

This was a suggestion from Craig Merrick. He said, “For those struggling to afford a laptop that allows kids to participate in Zoom / Teams classes, check out Google’s Chrome Cast.

“It costs around £ 30 and you can stream content from smartphones to the TV. Might make things easier for your kids. It’s designed for Android, but I think it works for iOS through third-party apps too. “

Listen to Homeschool History on the radio

This begins on February 1, ahead of schedule, to provide children with eight new episodes to help seven to eleven year olds with curriculum history subjects such as Great Fire Of London, Pompeii, William Shakespeare, Ancient Egypt, Leonardo da Vinci and Mary Seacole .

Broadcaster and audience historian Greg Jenner leads the series and promises it will be filled with jokes, facts, sound effects and music to bring history to life. You can listen on Radio 4 or in the BBC Sounds app. Find out more here

With schools closed due to Covid-19, thousands of children in Birmingham need laptops to continue learning.

Through no fault of their own, they suffer study delays – because they do not have access to classes taught by schools.

BirminghamLive supports efforts, through the Digital Education Partnership, to raise funds and laptop donations to support students and get them back to learning.

You can help

Watch CBBC’s educational content on YouTube on your TV

This was suggested by mother Sabiya Nasima, who recommends CBBC’s educational content for younger children.

You can watch Newsround, Blue Peter and Horrible Histories on YouTube on your TV here. You can also get this on the iPlayer.

Horrible Histories: Aztec (Mathew Baynton), Queen Elizabeth I (Martha Howe-Douglas), and Pauper (Laurence Rickard)

Ask your school for help

Good advice here from Liz Margaret: “If you’re struggling, contact your school. Most schools do everything they can to help. If you don’t tell them you’re having a hard time, they can’t help you. “

Most schools have waiting lists for devices, so make sure your child is on the list.

And also make sure your school is aware of the Laptops4Kids campaign and that they can request assistance from the Birmingham branch of the Digital Education Partnership (BEP).

Don’t fight in silence.

Help our Laptops4Kids campaign to give computers to children who need them

Shakespeare Week 2021 is going digital

Keep an eye out for this event, which normally takes place in elementary schools as it goes online from March 15-21.

Hosted by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, this year’s theme is wellbeing with CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee and CBBC’s Nikki Lilly, along with plenty of activities and workshops to bring Shakespeare to life.

All resources are available for free here

Watch Shakespeare Storytime with poet Ian McMillan, mindful meditations with children’s author Marcia Williams, join Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, Tudorkoken with 2019 Bake Off winner David Atherton, LEGO Shakespeare animation with Art Ninja and much more.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. Pictured is John Evans regularly dressing up as the great bard (Image: Coventry Telegraph)

Try a new reading app to bring fairytales to life

This storytelling app with voice recognition is designed to bring stories and fairytales to life when read aloud – with accompanying sounds and music triggered by keywords in the story, giving kids a magical experience when they are taken by their parents. read aloud.

Readmio has more than 75,000 users in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and is now launching for the first time in the UK.

More than 100 stories are available, including traditional folktales, fairytales and modern tales – ideal for when you can’t get to the library. The app is available on both iOS and Android.

Do your best, that’s all we can do

This is probably our favorite piece of advice. It comes from Nicky Hadley who said, “We’re doing our best and that’s all we can do.”

We agree. Keep calm and carry on. We’ll get through this together.

Don’t fight in silence. Then contact us via our Brummie Mummies Facebook page or by sending an email to [email protected]


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Mamie M. Arndt