As we enter a new year, we once again find ourselves taking on the role of home educators, many of us with only the experience of the previous lockdown to use as a reference point. We all want to do the best for our children. We want to look after their mental health while simultaneously providing the best possible education for them — all within in a climate for which we have never been trained. But we did it in the spring, and we can do it again. You’ll be feeling tired. Possibly daunted. We all are. But this blog is here to remind you of the tools that already exist within you and at your fingertips.

There are a huge number of digital resources out there, and once again, schools will be sharing links with families on what systems they are using to keep children learning their school subjects. While we can rely on the proficiency of our amazing teachers to signpost these resources and direct us in teaching opportunities, there is also a hugely important additional way we can support our children academically and emotionally — to encourage them to read.

The benefits of reading are well documented, in fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that they can be life-changing. Harnessed in the right way, reading can become a super-power, unleashing the following remarkable effects that are needed now more than ever:

  • The power of calm: reading can significantly reduce stress levels, lowering our heart rates and reducing muscle tension — and who hasn’t had their fair share of that in 2020?
  • The power of opportunity: reading has the power to impact results in school and future salary more than anything else we know of. 
  • The power of knowledge: reading increases our vocabulary and knowledge about the world, often without us even realising it.
  • The power