As schools closed across the UK, many parents have added new responsibilities as schoolteachers to their day to day routines.
If that’s the case for you, the good news is you’re not alone. Celebrities across the country have been coming together to help parents with their home-schooling tasks using a variety of online activities. These famous faces have been offering their expertise on a range of topics, including maths, fitness, music and more.
We’ve rounded up some of the activities being shared by celebrities to help keep your kids educated, entertained and healthy.
P.E lessons with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks, also known as the Body Coach, has recently announced that he is bringing back his hugely popular live exercise classes. These high-energy classes will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am on his YouTube channel.
These classes are not only helping to keep kids moving, but also have them feeling positive and energised for the day ahead. And, with celebrities including Stacey Solomon, Wayne Rooney and Tom Fletcher all having tuned in last time, it seems to be a hit with both adults and kids.
Music with Myleene Klass
Myleene Klass, a classically trained musician, is making the lives of parents home-schooling days a little easier by encouraging kids to get involved with her online music lessons.
These music classes are a great way for kids to get creative and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages and any ability. These lessons are free and can be found on Myleene’s YouTube channel on Mondays and Fridays at 9am.
Indoor activities with Bear Grylls
Heard of the great outdoors? Try the Great indoors. In March last year, Bear Grylls teamed up with the Scouts to create 100 fun indoor activities to help kids beat boredom inside.
Some of these activities, along with many others, can be found on the Scouts website, and include things like origami and DIY telescopes, all of which are aimed at encouraging kids to get creative and learn new skills.
Reading with David Walliams
Famous comedian and popular children’s author David Walliams is guaranteed to add laughter and fun into children’s mornings as he shares chapters from his famous children’s books online. He has called this ‘Elevenses’ and both children and parents can tune in every weekday at 11am.
The website also includes many fun activity sheets for kids to download and enjoy at home for free. These activities have all been inspired by the wacky characters from the books and have been created to help kids have fun while learning.
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Maths may not be everyone’s favourite subject, but is there anyone better than Countdown star, Carol Vorderman, to teach it to our kids?
The Maths Factor is a site designed for children aged between 4-11 years old, and includes everything from curriculum maths sessions, virtual videos and fun practical activities. The Maths Factor is available for £4.99 a month, but it is a great resource to make maths more enjoyable and interactive for kids – so it might be worth the small investment.
Learning with BBC bitesize
BBC Bitesize is a great online tool for kids of all ages. The website has a lot of educational content divided into subject areas and age categories for both primary and secondary education. It includes content from celebrities such as Sir David Attenborough.
But the BBC hasn’t stopped there. They’ve recently announced they’re broadcasting curriculum-based TV programs from Monday 11th January. The primary school programs will be broadcasted on CBBC from 9am-12am every weekday, including BBC Live Lessons, BBC Bitesize Daily, Celebrity Supply Teacher and Horrible Histories. Programs for secondary school kids will air on BBC Two for at least two hours a day and will help to support the GCSE curriculum.
Home-schooling your kids may be a juggling act, especially if you’re also working from home. Read our guide for tips on how to make your working days with the kids easier and make sure you share your experience with friends and family who may be in a similar position. With a little help and planning, you may even have some fun with your new role.
For more tips on how to keep your family happy and safe at home, go to Solved.