Let it go! A note from bubble’s teaching advisor

bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has one piece of advice this week, inspired by two-year-old daughter Mabel’s screen heroine Elsa of Arendelle… Let It Go. I think we can all agree that this remote learning malarkey has been a steep learning curve for all if us. I’m here sitting on both sides of the fence; setting work on learning platforms for my students (with varying success!) and also getting my own kids to log on, download and complete the work being set by their teachers. We worry that if our children don’t do all their school work perfectly that they …

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Dear Sarah: bubble’s teaching advisor answers your homeschool questions

Since the start of lockdown, bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has been sharing her tips for making homeschooling work. It’s now possible to ask Sarah questions about any aspect of homeschooling through the bubble app: just open live chat and start your message ‘Dear Sarah’. Here are two of the questions she’s helped parents out with so far: Dear Sarah, I’m having real trouble getting my 5 year old (year 1) to engage with doing any work, every task we sit down to complete she refuses to do, I’m getting so worried that by the time she goes back to …

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Little Learners, Low Cost

  With lockdown extended and teaching inspiration dwindling along with the household budget, bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has some brilliant suggestions for rekindling your homeschool mojo for less than the cost of a large Veggie Supreme. Kinaesthetic learning (learning through movement) is ideal for small people. Not only are they more likely to remember what they’ve learned but it’s great for gross and fine motor skills. But how can you provide these learning opportunities at home without blowing a bundle on resources? Here are some of my favourite low cost items and ideas for what to do with them. …

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Homeschool Helper: Taking the stress out of teaching time

It’s been a couple of weeks since parents of school-aged children found themselves suddenly cast in the role of  teacher to their kids. It’s been a steep learning curve: week one was spent shoving children in front of Joe Wicks at 9am while simultaneously getting the hang of multi-person video calls (‘We can’t hear you! Is your mic on? You’re sideways, Beverly!’) and printing out realms of worksheets from school doomed to be drenched in milk from upturned cereal bowls five minutes later. Week two brought acceptance – and the feeling that this has all been going on for a …

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Home school nation: tips from one educator who’s rising to the challenge

  Sarah Zeqiri is a secondary English and Drama teacher and a teaching advisor for bubble. She has three children: 16 year old Ella, who’s been working hard for her GCSEs only to find out they’ve been cancelled, 10 year old Dexter, a Lego enthusiast who is autistic and has ADHD, and two-year-old Mabel, who is made of noise, Frozen songs and questions. Her husband Jamie is also trying to work from home.   We’ve all heard that the devil makes work for idle hands, but that’s especially true if they belong to a bored toddler or a kid with …

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