Teaching SEN kids at home – Waking Up and Maths!

calendarMarch 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!

A picture of a sleeping child.

Daily ActivityMaths TopicLearning ideas
Waking upTimeWhat time is it now?
What time did you go to sleep?
CalculationsHow long have you been asleep?
MeasurementHow 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)
ShapesWhat shapes did you make in bed?
(e.g: star/ ball/ rolled into a sausage)
WashingCalculationsHow many tiles in the bathroom?
(start with one row, then add more)
ShapesWhat shapes are in the bathroom?
(look for a square, a cylinder, etc.)
MeasurementHow long do you brush your teeth for?
How long is the bath?
Is it ‘longer than’ or ‘shorter than’ you?
Getting dressedTimeHow long does it take to get dressed?
CountingHow many clothes are you wearing?
How many holes does each item have?
MeasuringHow 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!

About Us

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

An image of an unmade child's bed.

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