Several months after schools closed and many parents switched to homeschooling their children, we can get a detailed insight into how parents have fared with the change. Unfortunately, it isn’t an entirely pretty picture, with many parents reportedly having run into significant stress.
Ulster University’s Unesco Education Centre suggests that from its own research, many parents found homeschooling “stressful and challenging” as the pandemic raged. However, other research gives reason to think that educational book sets like ours may help to ease homeschooling difficulties.
Online resources are not always convenient – or available
In a report titled “Experiences of supporting children’s home learning during COVID-19”, Ulster University reported some parents struggling to navigate the huge range of online resources, including apps and online activities, available for homeschooling use.
The report added: “Often, there were insufficient devices in the home, particularly if the household had more than one child and/or parents needed a laptop to complete their own work.”
Unfortunately, it’s not always a given that families have strong Internet access; indeed, another of the research’s findings was that parents entitled to free school meals were likelier than other parents to have poor Internet access, if any at all.
When English can feel like a foreign language
The good news is that educational book sets like ours, which each typically include both a printed book and puppets, can provide your young ones with a convenient offline means of learning. Our stock includes storytelling books that can prove especially useful when you are looking to teach English.
In research commissioned by shoe brand Clarks, 17% of over 1,000 surveyed UK parents revealed that they had found English to be the most challenging subject to teach. This made it only the second most difficult subject after maths.
However, our puppet storybooks have been designed to make storytelling a fun and accessible experience. These beautifully illustrated books, featuring an array of lovable characters including both people and animals, are suited to babies, toddlers and children.
Furthermore, if you spend more than £10 on any purchase of these books from our online store, we will deliver them to you for free in the UK. What further excuse could you therefore need to browse our complete range of educational book sets today, and perhaps help yourself to a few of your favourites?