Teaching SEN kids at home – Waking Up and Maths!
March 30 2020
Teaching can be challenging
Teaching SEN kids at home is challenging at the best of times. We’ll be posting here regularly with ideas on teaching SEN kids at home. This post gives you some ideas on how to turn waking up into an easy Maths lesson.
The Covid-19 crisis has sent us all home and we are suddenly being expected to be parent, teacher and, often, employee all the same time. It is difficult for anyone but if your child can’t or won’t work by themselves it is even harder. It is easy to feel that you are failing but you aren’t and you aren’t alone. You can fit learning into your daily lives and you don’t have to be sitting at a table or desk to do it!
Maths and Waking Up!
Teaching SEN kids at home sometimes requires a little creativity and even sneakiness! Below are just a few ideas on how you can fit maths into waking up in the morning. Try just one idea at a time to keep things interesting. If you try to do everything in one go, you will just get stressed out and your child will protest!
|Daily Activity||Maths Topic||Learning ideas|
|Waking up||Time||What time is it now?|
What time did you go to sleep?
|Calculations||How long have you been asleep?|
|Measurement||How long is your bed?|
How far is it to the door/ bathroom?
(you can measure in steps or meters)
How tall are you?
(you can measure in meters or hands)
|Shapes||What shapes did you make in bed?|
(e.g: star/ ball/ rolled into a sausage)
|Washing||Calculations||How many tiles in the bathroom?|
(start with one row, then add more)
|Shapes||What shapes are in the bathroom?|
(look for a square, a cylinder, etc.)
|Measurement||How long do you brush your teeth for?|
How long is the bath?
Is it ‘longer than’ or ‘shorter than’ you?
|Getting dressed||Time||How long does it take to get dressed?|
|Counting||How many clothes are you wearing?|
How many holes does each item have?
|Measuring||How long are your sleeves?|
(Can be cm or ‘longer than’ or ‘shorter
than my arm)
Can you see what we did here? Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at fitting Maths, English, Science and PSHE into different activities over the day for teaching SEN kids at home. So do keep checking back with us.
Please leave a comment below! We want to hear how you got on or any ideas you have come up with for teaching SEN kids at home!
Emma Bara has taught about environmental topics and science for years, running whole school education projects, teacher training, science clubs for primary school kids and GCSE Science tutoring. David Bara has years of experience as a SEN teacher and Senior Lecturer of Special Educational Needs. They are the Co-Founders of WeCanAccess.com.
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