Sorry about that.
There’s nothing quite like the look on a childs face when, bleary eyed, they throw open the curtains, wipe the mist from a cloudy window and peer out into a world under a white blanket.
And realise it’s a school day.
Yep, winter has arrived in earnest for most of the UK, closing schools across the country and rendering the public transport network a whimpering mess.
For children, a day off school at the mercy of the snow is a chance for fun and frolic, but for parents it can be a logistical nightmare as last minute phone calls are put in to childminders, helpful neighbours are drafted in to watch the kids and we all battle our way into work.
Serious school hours are lost to the good old British weather every year, potentially leaving the less confident or not-quite-up-to-speed-yet kids at a disadvantage. The internet is a fantastic resource for parents who want to keep their kids in the education loop after a long day spent organising pincer movements on rival snowball gangs.
When schools close communication lines freeze and confusion is king; parents can be left with the possibility of a child being at home indefinitely. Scary thought. So how do we get homework help when schools have fallen foul to the white stuff? Let’s face it, you’re going to have to dress up learning as anything but to get kids interested on a snow day.
I think in the future we’ll see an increasing role for VLE’s – upwards of 10% of schools have implemented systems already and are using them to supplement learning at school and at home; teachers can set work and answer questions through an online portal.
At the moment though, parents can make use of sites that use interaction and games to make learning fun like the BBC Learning pages (which are well worth a look) and more long-term help sites like themathsfactor.com, which offer paid for tutoring over a longer period of time.
Of course there’s Superprof, too, lest we forget.
I’m not saying we should transform our homes into mobile classrooms every time the weather takes a turn for the worse, but a little learning never hurt snowbody.
Must stop doing that.