10 must-follow social channels for parents

To all the parents juggling homeschooling and Zoom calls, we salute you. We’ve scoured the web to find the best teachers for your children to learn from.

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1. PE with Joe

There’s a reason why “this is literally every PE teacher in the world's quarantine homework assignment”, as one comment says. PE with Joe is a brilliant new live series on YouTube, led by fitness expert Joe Wicks. It’s full of basic exercises that don’t need a lot of room. Check back at 9am for the latest content.

2. Natasha Lamb

Natasha Lamb and sister Kelly-Ann teach children the basics of British sign language. Their free videos are posted at 1pm, Monday to Friday. In the first lesson, you learn simple greetings, the alphabet, and how to sign and sing. A great way for kids to pick up a new skill while we’re on lockdown.

3. Holly King-Mand

Holly King-Mand has won more than 18,000 followers since she started posting her daily English Live sessions on Facebook a few days ago. The 30-minute lessons are aimed at key stage two and three students (aged 7-14). They cover everything from spellings to Shakespeare, along with task sheets and shout-outs to students.

4. The Blushing Giraffe

Primary school teacher Iqra (aka The Blushing Giraffe) provides comfort, support and resources for parents who are daunted by the prospect of home-educating their children. Find out how to set up healthy routines and which teachers you can ask for advice.

5. Mr Harris’ Maths School

“This coronavirus sucks,” says Mr Harris, who’s been a teacher for 16 years and is now self-isolating. Luckily, he’s live-streaming free maths lessons for five different age groups every day.

6. Tactica Imperialis

This trainee science teacher is creating mini workshops and demonstrations across a range of topics. The first video looks at concave and convex lenses – very handy for triple science GCSE students!

7. LittleLessons

Twitter account LittleLessons is putting up two lessons a day to help you through the school closures. The fun, flexible lessons are aimed at P5-7 and cover many different subjects, from vital reading skills, to raft building. Students are encouraged to share their work.

8. Oti Mabuse

Keen for your little ones to learn ballroom from the living room? Great news: Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is hosting free online dance classes for children. Classes are themed and feature the likes of Shrek, Trolls and Mary Poppins. Tune in at 11.30am for fresh content.

9. Mr Gee Teach

Daniel Glentworth, who teaches at Manor Court School in Chard, has started up Mr Gee Teach. So far, he’s shared a big quiz and maths help videos, so children can seek help without it becoming too stressful for them or their parents. “He really is one of the best teachers who puts his students first,” writes one parent. “My daughter couldn’t wait to log on.”

10. Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

OK, so Cincinnati Zoo isn’t technically a teacher, but we love the live videos it’s sharing on Facebook. Zookeepers answer questions and reveal facts about the animals. Join one of the home safaris to meet red pandas, sloths, Fiona the hippo and more. 🦒🐫🐅

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