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How is your work-meets-homeschool armageddon going? We're busy googling zen breathing classes. Meanwhile, check out these brilliant homeworking heroes - great digital classes to keep their brains engaged.

With the prospect of indefinite homeschooling on the horizon (is 11am too early for Gin o’clock?), you may be stumped with how to structure your days.

We’ll have more educational resources and tips on schooling in self-isolation to come, but for now, let us ease the stress of facing the educational abyss with something a little different. 

Muddy’s here with 10 of the best digital lessons and live streams, to keep them engaged, energised and boost their learning (while you attempt to get at least one thing done).

Cook with Theo – Get them creating in the kitchen

Chef, presenter and best-selling author Theo A Michaels is doing a cook-along that could be your creative saviour during lockdown. All you need is a worktop and a few simple ingredients that you’ll probably have in the cupboard, for this lockdown-friendly activity. Tune in to the live stream Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm. Today’s (Monday 23 March) is flatbreads. Find it on live on Instagram @theocooks.

PE Lessons with Joe Wicks – tick off the daily family workout

Let’s be honest, at a time like this we all need Joe Wicks in the corner of the room – and how fantastic is this. The Body Coach and best selling author has all your PE lessons covered. Find him live streaming a 30 minute PE class every single weekday morning at 9am. Tune for err, purely ‘educational purposes’ – squats have never been so much fun.

Seneca – a free place to access all their lessons

We’ve just discovered this free, online resource and it’s an absolute godsend. Log on (free!) and pick from 1000+ KS2, KS3, GSCE and A Level courses based on exam board specifications. Great for stretch learning, if they’re not sure what to do, or if Hegarty Maths has crashed for the 14th time that morning (twitch). As well as great content, those cheeky learning geniuses have thrown in some very funny hand-selected GIFs and memes to keep them all going.

Shakespeare Live Stream – up their English skills pronto

The South Bank’s Globe Theatre may have closed its doors but now you can stream Shakespeare plays recorded at the world-famous theatre. Brilliant for bringing literature to life in challenging times. It is paid for but you can rent them for £4.99 so it’s like Netflix with education (bonus!). They have some Shakesperian smashers too spanning ten years, from Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night to Emma Rice’s cheeky telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Creation Station – get arty and crafty with the virtual pros

The Creation Station, is putting together pre-filmed digital craft sessions that allow your mini-mes to create a project with her. You can order a delivered kit for £10 (contactless delivery, naturally) and then set up the video so kids can craft along with Charlotte. 

Creative Writing – Get them penning great pieces

Irish children’s author Sarah Webb is proving the pen is mightier than coronavirus with her daily Creative Bursts series, posted in collaboration with the Museum of Literature Ireland. The series includes writing prompts for budding authors aged 9+, as well as some slightly more complex prompts for those aged 11 and over included in the free downloadable PDFs. Plus, all you’ll need is a pen and paper – easy as pie. 

Oliver Jeffers – get them reading with best-selling author

Younger kids will love this creative way to keep their literacy skills up. Best-selling author Oliver Jeffers reads his brilliant books every weekday night at 6pm. Not just a story either, Jeffers goes into the thinking behind his words and illustrations, helping kids think conceptually about writing. Let them get their own copies out and read-along or just tune in to be edu-tained.

Online Baking – Get them cooking with Three Bears Cookery Club

Baking for kids

One side effect of kids being at home all day is that they. are. always. hungry. Luckily, these clever classes from Derbyshire-based Three Bears Cookery Club aim to keep little ones entertained and take care of the constant snack conundrum. From Mon 26 Mar, the team will be running live classes two to three times a week over Zoom to help teach junior bakers handy kitchen skills – and you may get a tasty treat out of the bargain, too. Sign up for their mailing list for more info

Drawing Courses – learn a great new art skill

Drawing is a go-to indoor activity when it comes to keeping the rabble quiet for five mins, so who better to teach your kids how than official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020, Rob Biddulph? In his #DrawWithRob series, the man himself will post a short and sweet tutorial every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am for kids to draw along with. Bonus points if you also pick up a couple of the books so that your artists-in-the-making can spot the characters they’re drawing. 

Coding with CodeCamp

Here’s a sneaky trick – instead of worrying about the kids spending their days playing video games, have them build their own instead! To give you a helping hand, the tech whizzes at CodeCamp have made their subscriptions free, which means you can get pre-made lesson plans delivered straight to your inbox. Your littlies will be creating games they can download to their phones before you know it. 

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