Do you homeschool? If so, we home these homeschooling resources, used by many families during lockdown will still be useful to you.


Have a wonderful Summer break

Filling the 6 weeks can be hard, as can finding new and exciting things to do, while watching those pennies.  Here at STAG, we want to try and help make things a little easier and offer you some inspiration.

Check out our STAG Mumbler – Summer Holidays Special

It’s never too late to tell us about great local events, clubs or groups.  So if you’re a local business or one of our lovely mumblers heading somewhere great this Summer, do let us know about it at stag@mumbler.co.uk and we’ll make sure we add it for other mumblers to see.

Here at STAG HQ, we love nothing more than trialling free classes. It’s the perfect opportunity for our Mini Mumblers to try out new and different things, without wasting money if it’s not their thing.

When we got the opportunity to try a free coding lesson with Cypher, we were delighted. Mr Mumbler is a huge IT geek and is keen for the children to be confident in all IT applications, this also seemed a good opportunity to make their screen time more valuable than just playing games and watching movies.

I signed my 9 year old daughter up for a free 60-minute online class. Cypher teaches children how to code, through weekly teacher led, online lessons with small groups of children of similar ages and experience levels. Cypher are experts in teaching coding principles, getting kids involved and developing core coding skills over time.

I don’t think she was entirely sure what to expect, but with the friendly and engaging teaching, she was immediately put at ease and encouraged to join in. I can see why children love their creative themes, such as animals, magic and art. The teacher was brilliant – just the right level of energy for kids that have grown out of CBeebies but still need a subject to be made fun and engaging.

They started the lesson with introductions and working out how much coding they’d all done before. Most had done some ITC lessons at school and some of the children had had a few Scratch lessons (memories of home-schooling come flooding back)  but they were all beginners really. They got a crash course in some of the techniques first, but quickly started writing their own code and actually built their own game by the end of the lesson!

My daughter was so happy at the end of the lesson and really proud of what she’d built. Unlike the drag-and-drop coding she’d been used to before with Scratch, she was taught how to type code (in Javascript, I’m reliably informed).

The teacher was really good at keeping the kids engaged and she was on hand whenever any of them got stuck. When the following week came round our Mini Mumbler said “Yey, it’s Thursday, I’ve got coding again!”

Here at STAG, we make a point of not mentioning any trials we’ve done, after the initial class, the reason we do this is because we want to engage them in things they really love and not the things we think they should be doing. If a class isn’t memorable, they won’t mention it again, but when I get a “Mummy, when can I do x again?” or “Mummy, when can we go back to x?” I know something has made an impression with them and they’re keen for more. This was certainly the case with Cypher.

Cypher offer these free coding lessons for all children and they have different content for younger kids – who will learn using Scratch – and older kids code with Javascript. If they enjoy their first free lesson, they can go on to have weekly online coding lessons with a group of children of similar age and experience. They build a new project every couple of weeks and I can see that they’d learn a lot over the course of a few months.

According to Cypher, it’s all about getting kids future-ready.  Already, 67% of new jobs in STEM are in computing and the importance of technology in industry is only going to increase. Their award-winning curriculum not only teaches them how to code, but also develops broader skills such as creativity, communication and collaboration.

The lesson got a big thumbs up from us and some of our fellow Mumblers too, who had children of different ages enjoy a free lesson.

“…the teacher was fab and it’s literally the longest I’ve seen him sit down and listen! ” – Gateshead Mumbler (Mini Mumbler aged 6)

“…it’s been amazing! X Loved it, I’ve learned loads too!” – Hull Mumbler (Mini Mumbler aged 11)

Book your child onto a FREE 60-minute live online class 

 

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For any parents worrying about how to support children’s learning while at home, this list was put together by the home ed community.

Not all learning is done in the classroom, and these key life skills will come in very handy, for now and for the future.  

BBC Bitesize

Home-schooling? Watch BBC Bitesize Daily from 9am, on @BBCiPlayer and Red Button!

“We tried this with our 3 year old and 7 year old and they both loved it.” STAG Mumbler

Click here for more info

 

BBC Teach

Whether you’re at home or at school, you can use BBC Teach for free. Our website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. Visit website.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Jamie delivers her sessions in a fun and interactive way, with themes to suit all ages, including Frozen, Harry Potter, Trolls and many more.

Click here to begin

Do your kids love science? Check out the Sci Show

This site is packed full of fun and educational topics, covering so many themes and answering endless questions we might have on a daily basis.

“At SciShow, we’re endlessly curious about what makes the universe tick. If you’re passionate about quenching your curiosity about… everything, you’re in the right place. Join us ever day to learn about the world around us and beyond.” Scishow

Watch now

 

Earth School

30 Quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature.

Earth School brought to you by TEDEd are embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet.

Click here to begin

Horrible Histories

Here you can watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs!

Learn at Home with You Tube

This site is full of videos all designed to support home learning, You can search by age or subject, watch live streams or previous videos and even take virtual field trips.

Explore here

The Butterfly Conservation

Do your Mini Mumblers love butterflies and nature? Why not check out this super website, all designed to support and protect butterflies.

They have –

Virtual Field Trips for Kids!

We’ve got a whole section dedicated to helping you and your little ones get through this uncertain time.

 

Don’t forget to like and follow STAG Mumbler Chat Group for lots of local info.

 

With special thanks to our wonderful sister site, East Cheshire Mumbler for this super blog 💜

White Rose Maths

Visit their website for a huge range of maths learning resources https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Would you like your child to learn sign language?

 

Why not learn Sing a Rainbow, it’s a great one to start with.

 

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