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ClickView a homeschool video resource for visual learners #clicktohomeschool

May 4, 2020

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We are in strange times right now due to Covid 19 and parents have found themselves in new and unfamiliar territory. Not only are we working from home (which prior to this year sounded like the dream) we are home educating our children and sharing the space with the whole family. Life has changed beyond all recognition and this pretty much happened overnight with little opportunity to plan and prepare for such a momentous change.

Parents, workplaces and our children have all adapted to this new normal (well we didn’t have a choice did we?) at ground-breaking speed and I do wonder that the future will bring because many of these changes will question old practises and the old way of doing things.

Parents have become teachers

Parents have become teachers and we are doing this in the ways that suit our families, for some homes it will look quite structured and for others, it could be much more child-led. One of the challenges has been working out how best our children learn. At first, it was tempting to print off worksheets and get the children sitting at a table with pen and paper and expecting them to write reams. Some of us felt that learning meant writing and recording and whilst this is one method, there are plenty more and thankfully I came across ClickView which has opened up our home learning journey.

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Understanding learning styles

Understanding learning styles is really important if you want your children to enjoy learning and reach their potential. We learn by seeing, by listening, by doing and by writing and therefore we need to incorporate this into our daily home learning. Consider how you pick up new skills, or what you do when faced with a problem. Many of us turn to Youtube to watch a demo because we are visual learners. Some will pick up more when listening to instructions or facts and our children are the same. 

Finding suitable resources

Another challenge for me was finding suitable resources that are actually educational and not just time fillers. When you don’t come from an educational background that is really hard as we don’t know what our children should be learning. The internet has suddenly become awash with colouring sheets and educational resources but unless they have been designed by someone with a teaching or educational background, they may not have any educational value. No wonder many parents have felt overwhelmed with home learning.

Also having children in different key stages at school means double the planning which again takes up time. Also, if you have older children much of their curriculum is very different now and the teaching methods have changed. I know many parents have especially been struggling with Maths, bus stop method and partitioning is not what I learnt at school!

Therefore, I have made sure that the resources I rely on have come from teachers and other educational specialists including ClickView who have made their world-class educational resources available for free, supporting families at this time of crisis. We like that accessing the content is easy because there are no logins or subscriptions required. The older children can find videos that help them whilst I can search for resources suitable for the younger ones. 

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Created by educators for educators

All ClickView-produced content is created by educators for educators which gives me confidence that what they are learning is relevant. All the subject areas are covered including English, Science, Maths, History, Geography and Technologies. Roo has found the history section really useful and it has helped her to do her school work on Elizabethan England. Rather than just reading textbooks she has been able to watch videos on what they wore and what life was like in this period of history.

Tigger has found the Maths easy to understand, like I said the methods have changed since I was at school but the videos explain concepts using the correct terminology which makes it accessible for him to learn new things.

Catering for primary and secondary school

ClickView caters for primary and secondary school-aged children which has saved me time searching for age-related resources and been a lifesaver for me so that I can get on with my work too. This situation is not one we would have chosen but we have to make do and manage best we can.

Using ClickView in conjunction with workbooks ensures that the children are exposed to different learning styles and hopefully lots of what we are covering will stick and then when they finally get back to school they can impress their teachers with some of the things that they have learnt during this phase of home learning.

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Time for children to craft and play

Remember to also plan in time for children to craft and play, it is really important for their emotional health that they get some downtime and one of the silver linings of Covid 19 is that children are spending more time on hobbies and learning new skills at home like baking and making. If you need some craft ideas check out 20 DIY Crafts for Teen Girls.

  • Rog Willis May 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    If you would have told me a year ago we’d be in this global situation we’re in, I would have called you crazy, yet, here we are! Our granddaughter has daily lesson plans with her teachers via Zoom, and I know her mom does introduce certain things around the home into her subjects like gardening falling under science. I think more parents need educational sources like this.

  • Joy - Pinkoddy May 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing – there definitely is a lot of resources to filter through so it is good to find which have been used and approved by other parents

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN May 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    I have children in different stages so I know it’s not easy. It’s great that clickstay have made their resources free so us during this time. They sound great!

  • Sarah Ann May 5, 2020 at 9:56 am

    ClickView sounds like a fantastic tool parents should definitely take advantage of just now. It’s such a daunting time and there’s so much information out there, it’s overwhelming! It’s great there is a tool catered to primary and secondary school children.

  • Samantha Donnelly May 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

    It is a hard time for everyone especially children and their parents trying to educate , it is great that there are resources available x

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog May 5, 2020 at 10:35 am

    We’re amazed at the wealth of resources available for parents online and its a great support in such an unsettled time. Can’t wait to go back to school though!

  • Joanna May 5, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I can imagine that for parents who work from home, homeschooling can be such a difficult task. It’s great that there are resources such as Clickview that can help with easing this issue. Parents definitely need support to make sure that their children are still getting the right education even if they are at home.

  • Rebecca Smith May 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Sounds like such a great resource. Jack is great at visual learning so we will definitely be checking it out.

  • Mellissa Williams May 5, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    I think it is incredible how many resources are available out there to help parents during these strange times. ClickView sounds very handy.

  • Kara Guppy May 5, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    There are so many resources out there to help. Mine are a bit younger but have loved exploring websites and learning about new things

  • Rhian Westbury May 5, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    It must be such a tough time for parents trying to navigate teaching kids, especially when you have more than one kid at different ages. It’s so good that there’s a lot more resources online to help though x

  • Yeah Lifestyle May 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    As parents who are not teachers turning into teachers, this can be a dauting task, so glad to have resources such as ClickView available for parents to help their children. Having educators create this also means that they understand it better.

  • Jenny May 6, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    We are actually doing less and less work as the days go by. There are some great resources out there to help with home education.

  • Melanie williams May 7, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Wow this is great. It is so important to still give children some kind of education while on lockdown x

  • Jess Howliston May 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    It’s such a hard time isn’t it? I have been blown away by all the amazing resources that have become available such as this one though. It really shows just how many companies and brands out there that are willing to help support both kids and parents!

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