Milngavie teacher’s lockdown learning is a big hit!

A primary school teacher’s free “Homemade Learning” site has amassed more than 6,000 followers in the space of a couple of weeks.

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Hilary Mack, who is a teacher at Clober Primary School in Milngavie, has a psychology degree from Strathclyde University as well as her PDGE teaching qualification from Jordanhill.

She set up the site during lockdown, with a particular focus on early years, to help parents plan and organise their days.

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Hilary, who has two children aged five and three, said: “I’m a passionate believer in play-based/active learning throughout childhood and I feel children learn a lot more when they don’t see learning as ‘work’.” Her page now has followers from all over the world and has been receiving some rave reviews, including from head teachers in early years.

One visitor posted: “This page has some great ideas for children to try at home!

“They are fun and easy to set up. Love the fact that there are a whole range of activities that can be adapted for children of different ages and stages. Keep up the good work!”

Another posted: “I have three daughters, 5, 3 (almost 4) and 6 months old! I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled across you, your daily guides have been a godsend and even my husband now asks what does that teacher say to do tomorrow?”

Hilary’s brother Alistair is also a fan.

He told the Herald: “During this period of lockdown, and as a parent of a four and seven-year-old myself, I know how difficult it can be to balance working from home and keeping the children motivated and engaged with learning.

“Some head teachers in early years have praised the content, saying they will use some of the ideas for the 
pupils at their own school and for their own children too.”

Hilary and Alistair both grew up in Lenzie.

As well as her teaching skills, Hilary is a martial arts enthusiast and holds two world champion belts in Muay Thai. She has coached both adults and children.

Hilary said: “My husband still coaches now and we all try to do as much training as we can in our busy lives. As the children get older hopefully this will get easier as, for me especially, it has been hard to fit everything in whilst they are little.”

To find out more about Hilary’s “Homemade Learning site, visit:https://www.facebook.com/homemade_learning-112169190407223/ .

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