These are strange days indeed and – we never thought we’d say it at The Muddy Puddle Teacher –
please stay at home! We will get through this, if we all make the changes asked of us. Stay safe and hang in there.
Following school closures, many of you will suddenly find yourself homeschooling your children and it can be tough to keep them entertained. Your dining room table or kitchen or living room isn’t a classroom and you’re not a trained teacher. However, we’re looking at weeks and weeks of restrictions on our normal freedoms and it’s coming at the same time as .
At The Muddy Puddle Teacher, we’re not daunted by this challenge. Getting outside in all weathers in whatever outdoor space you have is our raison d’etre and why Sarah Seaman set out to develop this approach. We don’t need forests or firepits – although they’re a lot of fun – we simply need a bit of outdoor space and some very cool outdoor learning examples (we’ve got that sorted) and we’re good to go.
Will you come with us?
Sarah wanted to do something to help parents and carers in the weeks ahead and so you can sign up to The Muddy Puddle Teacher for 1 month, absolutely free of charge. With your free subscription, you will be able to access outdoor learning activities for all ages, from babies to juniors. Looking after our health and wellbeing has never been more important than it is right now, but we must take care to get the balance right. Your children will appreciate you supporting them in finding a balance between screen time, down time and work time – it’s so important for their mental wellbeing. Homework will have been set by the school, but it should only take a small part of the day. Make the rest of the day – as much as you can – be about getting outside, playing some Muddy games and looking forward to relaxing in the evening. For SEND children, the ability to get outside and enjoy some fresh air could help them to better process all the changes that are happening.
Older siblings can join in too – they’ll only be too grateful to get outside.
Stay at home, not stay inside
Getting outside in the fresh air and moving about could be the one thing that helps your family get through this lockdown period. This has all happened very fast and it is hard to think that our options are limited but it’s what you can do with these options that count.
If you have a garden or a balcony, great. You can simply step outdoors. We know that it’s not as simple for others, especially those who live in the city, but you might be able to work with your neighbours to agree that you will be out on your walkway for 30 minutes twice a day and that you’ll wipe down hard surfaces afterwards where possible afterwards.
We use natural and upcycled resources which you will find around your home or in the garden. If you are self-isolating or unable to get out for a walk, maybe a friend or neighbour could collect a few stones or leaves while they are out and leave them outside your door for you.
Many of us are worried about how things will be for our children once they return to school. How will this ‘break’ affect their progress? Are they learning what they’re meant to? Are they learning anything? Let’s take the last one first – your children are little sponges and are learning all the time. They will keep learning.
All of our learning resources are linked to the National Curriculum, so you can work through our ideas safe in the knowledge that they all count towards your children’s learning goals.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve got for all the different age groups:
Muddy – from taking your new born outside to talk to them about nature to letting your just-walking infant better understand what they’re exploring, then is just right for you. It’s 30 short, simple things to do that will help you put in early mornings and fun afternoons.
Muddy Tots and Infants – For budding naturists, aged , Muddy Tots and Infants spans the time from home, to nursery, pre-school and reception. You might want to work through some Muddy Maths with your kids or take the first steps in learning to read.
Early Muddy Years – Have you suddenly got an Early Years homelearner on your hands? It seems like no time since you finished settling them in (it’s only a few months ago, after all), so both you and your little learner might welcome some to this very looong Easter break.
Key Stage 1 Kids – For years 1 and 2. This age group can still just be getting used to the idea of school and they do need a added to their learning to keep them engaged. This age group will be able to crack on with some more formal learning, like maths and Philosophy for Children, but they’ll also appreciate the chance to get .
Senior Juniors – It’s a big difference when you’re always looking for progress! As children move from KS1, they appreciate a and they love to have their advanced years remarked upon. Key Stage 2 brings with it the opportunity to work at greater depth, make more connections on their own and to demonstrate more independent learning. They have a good understanding of the different types of work that they are expected to work on in school and will enjoy a bit of work at homeschool.
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‘Learning outside for just one lesson a week boosts learning and behaviour, say, researchers’, Telegraph article click here to read more