How is lockdown homeschooling going?

When they announced the schools were closing, and they sent work home for the kids to do. My first thoughts on lockdown homeschooling were, I don’t see it happening, especially for Jack. Lily has always had to do homework, and reading tasks etc.. so doing some work at home is fairly normal for her.

Jack on the other hand, has never had any homework, ever. When he was at his old school it was an achievement to get him in school, and an even bigger achievement to get him doing work at school. So homework was never even thought about. Now at his current school, Jack is much happier, and seems to enjoy school most of the time, homework has never been on the agenda.

Jack associates different things with different places, and won’t accept them anywhere else. This can be with the most simple of things. A recent example is hash browns. Jack ate hash browns as part of his “brunch” (He basically got up to late to have a breakfast and lunch before being picked up) for the first time. He told us how much he liked them, so we brought some for him to have at home. His reaction was, hash browns are for (name of respite place) not for home, and he was unhappy with us for getting them.

It might seem silly to some people, but it’s the same thing you see with autistic people and routine. The way I see it, whatever makes it so autistic people need their routines, is at work here. Hash browns mean respite. Sundays mean going to Grandma’s, which obviously is an issue at the moment.

Lockdown homeschooling

So I never expected Jack to take to lockdown homeschooling, and he hasn’t at all. I’ve tried to get him “learning” through things he likes, without ever mentioning school work. But even that is proving difficult, this week he is finding the situation more difficult than ever. I don’t want to force him to do things, apart from the fact it won’t work, it won’t do him any good. At the same time I don’t want him doing nothing for however long this goes on for. It’s a difficult situation that I just don’t have the answer too.

I have some ideas, but this week Jack has not been cooperative with anything I’ve tried. If anyone has good any fun ideas I can try then feel free to let me know. I’m at the stage of trying anything. Today being Sunday, I will just let him chill out, then see if he will do anything tomorrow.

Making more progress with Lily

Lily is more open to doing school work, and has done some worksheets. But the problem then is, she sees that Jack isn’t doing any, and quite rightly from an 8 year olds point of view. Says it’s not fair she is doing school work, while Jack plays on his Xbox. So the worksheets have been put away for now, and I’m trying to do fun learning activities instead. Of Course Lily is always wanting to do arts and crafts, but I’ve needed some other ideas as well.

Playing bingo
Bingo!!!

Whilst clearing out the garage yesterday, we found this old bingo game. Lily was fascinated by it, and couldn’t wait to play it. So there was the days numeracy lesson, with Lily being the bingo caller. Jack didn’t want to join in, but I’m hoping if we set it up with some snacks and some prizes, then he might want to play. Thinking outside the box, and making things fun are what’s important at the moment. I’ve got some ideas but like I said, I’m open to any ideas, feel free to leave some in the comments below.

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My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

12 thoughts on “How is lockdown homeschooling going?

  • April 19, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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    Getting kids to work from home can be tough at the best of times even when they aren’t so structured with their regular routines. I’ve seen people baking with their kids and using it as a way to teach them maths and science (this recipe needs x amount of sugar to serve 5, so how much is that per person and the science of how the cake rises etc) as a way to introduce something fun to their learning. Maybe something like that could help?

    Sophie

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    • April 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm
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      They both enjoy baking, so that’s a great idea, thank you 😊

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  • April 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    Bingo is such a simple game, and it is wonderful that Lily took an interest in it! Creative thinking is one of the best ways to actively engage kids by making learning not seem like learning. 🙂

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    • April 19, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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      I love that despite all the technology, which they both enjoy, they can still enjoy games the old fashioned way.

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  • April 19, 2020 at 10:58 pm
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    We’ve been learning about flowers and creepy crawlies in the garden.

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    • April 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
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      That’s definitely something we can be doing, thanks 😊

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  • April 20, 2020 at 8:54 am
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    Home schooling is hard bloody work and anyone who is smashing it deserves a medal!

    I would say as long as the children are engaged in some form of Non – tech activity each day then you’re succeeding.

    Good luck and take care

    Claire x
    http://www.ourfavoritejar.com

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    • April 20, 2020 at 9:11 am
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      That’s the way I’m viewing it. It’s fairly easily done with Lily, it’s a bit more challenging with Jack, but we are managing it most days.

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  • April 20, 2020 at 11:22 am
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    When it comes to autism I’ve always known about the importance of routine but I’ve never thought of it applying to things like food etc. Very interesting to know! I’m glad things seem to be going okay at home. It’s a weird time for everyone and I can’t imagine what it’s like for kids being so out of normality without thorough understanding of what’s going on.

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    • April 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm
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      Thanks, as with anything autism related, it’s down to the individual, for some absolutely everything has to be the same, it goes into everything.

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  • April 21, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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    Have you kept empty yoghurt pots m toilet rolls , margarine tubes , talk about shapes , or use them to make things rockets , castles etc , then maybe write about it , as a story? Just an idea.

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    • April 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm
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      We’ve been keeping toilet rolls to make animals, I like the writing about it idea, thanks 😊

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