Write Edge’s Stay Home Guide

Put together by Erica Batigak, Centre Manager

Once you have a daily schedule for meals and regular study / work time with your child, you are all set to fill in the rest of the day with fun activities. Tickle your child’s imagination by creating, building, inventing or learning!

Learning from home can be enriching with the right tools and resources. The teachers at Write Edge hope to support you with a list of activities that will not only nurture their curiosity but also their love for learning.

Here is Write Edge’s curated list of fun activities for your children during this stay-in period:

Activities for Preschoolers

1. Play Nursery Rhyme Games

Easy to learn, interactive and fast-paced, these are excellent games to introduce to little ones with short attention spans.

Create an account and enjoy the free games with your child!

2. Make Some Trash Art

Find some recycled materials and let your children paint and make beautiful creations. Explore the creative side of your children!

Recycled Crafts for Kids

3. Enjoy Matching Games

Print out worksheets with shapes, letters, numbers, words or math problems. Nurture your child’s curiosity with immersive activities that make learning an adventure!

For more family activities, you can download this School Closure Essential Guide written by Jacinth Liew, a school teacher turned stay-at-home-mom with two children.

Activities for Primary School Children

4. Create A Lockdown Diary

Why a Lockdown diary? Even though the world has become very different, you can still teach your child to appreciate the small things in life! Get them to record their thoughts now for their future self!

5. Build Something!

Use building blocks or Legos to create a building a bridge or a City! Get building ideas here.

You can buy your Lego blocks here!

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Nook's Cranny Image

6. Organise A Scavenger Hunt

Lay out clues to hidden treasures and make it more exciting with challenging questions or make it time bound.

Scavenger hunts for kids

7. Build An Obstacle Course

Use toys, pillows and chairs in making simple obstacle course and list instructions for your children to follow!

Activities for Teenagers

8. Have A Movie Night

A simple fun thing to do at home with a bit of planning and snack preparation! Try indoor camp out theme!

9. Cook Up A Storm!

Make your children involve in the kitchen be it cooking or baking!

A Bonus for All Ages!

10. Visit A Virtual Zoo

Like many in the animal kingdom, we learn best through play. Let’s make learning fun and engaging with these specially designed resources. Great for home-based or blended learning as well as learning journeys.

Enjoy and have a fantastic week ahead!

Tips for Learning from Home

  • Let your children know that study time will start at specific time (e.g. 10am)
  • Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period
  • Take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible
  • Make it clear that study time will end at a specific time (e.g. 5pm) so that your children know that it is time to put away their homework and rest

  • Make sure your children have a well-lit place to complete homework.
  • Have proper chairs and tables that are comfortable for hours of learning
  • Avoid writing in bed
  • Keep supplies (e.g. paper, pencils, glue, scissors, correction tape) within reach

During study time, make sure that there is no TV, loud music or electronics around

Need a stretch or a break after a few hours of intense studying? Insert some fun activities in between!

Here are some of our favourites:
(a) Scavenger hunts (for household items!)
(b) Google “learn how to draw” and get them learning and drawing!
(c) Write a letter to their teachers / best friends to tell them how much they missed them
(d) Take a photo of something outside the window and write a few sentences about it

  • Ask them about their assignments, quizzes, and tests
  • Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  • Praise their work and efforts
  • Use reward cards to track and encourage good learning behaviour

Have a fantastic week ahead!

Written by:
Teacher Eileen
11 April 2020