How celebs are homeschooling your kids during coronavirus lockdown, from Joe Wicks’ PE lessons to Myleene Klass on music

SINCE schools closed last Friday for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak – delighting the nation's kids – parents have been sharing their very relatable accounts of their desperate attempts to homeschool them.

But as a dad tried to teach arithmetic using toilet rolls and a mum let her daughter create a timetable featuring "arse and crafts", the likes of Joe Wicks, Myleene Klass,  Carol Vorderman, David Walliams and Darcey Bussell have come to the rescue.

In self-isolation lockdown, celebrities are doing their bit to educate the children of Brits during this uncertain time by holding virtual classes on staple subjects, including science, maths, english, PE, dance and food tech.

This onslaught of starry goodwill comes as schools shut last week except to the kids of key workers – such as nurses, firefighters and supermarket staff – and with the remainder of youngsters advised to stay at home with mum and dad.

With the pandemic estimated to continue until at least June, it could be many months before pupils find themselves back in a classroom.

So, in response, famous faces have been doing their bit to help out parents for whom getting their offspring to do any learning has so far been an uphill battle.

It all started with Joe Wicks, who last week announced he would be keeping youngsters fit via virtual PE lessons – and now other stars are holding lessons in a variety of subjects from their homes. 

But who are the other stars taking your little one through the curriculum one red carpet-friendly step at a time? From maths to science, to music and dance, you better add these to today’s timetable…

PE with Mr Wicks

We’re not sure it’s a subject that many would have missed – but it’s certainly an important one for health, and all the more so given the new restrictions announced last night that force us to stay at home as much as possible.

Final reminder ☝️🌍 Tomorrow morning at 9am I’m going LIVE on my YouTube channel with a 30 minute workout class for kids of all ages… teenagers and adults you can get involved too. Have fun and inspire each other. Interact, connect and laugh along with each other 😀❤️ Comment below if you or you’re kids are taking part and let me know what country you are in 🌎☺️

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Ensuring children around the country are getting regular exercise in quarantine is Joe Wicks- also known as The Body Coach – who is live streaming virtual PE lessons via his YouTube channel at 9am from Monday to Friday for the foreseeable future. 

Yesterday morning, according to The Guardian, one million homes tuned into the 33-year-old Instagram star’s first class – including the offspring of Coleen Rooney, Stacey Solomon and Giovanna Fletcher from their swanky living rooms.

Music with Ms. Klass

She may be most famous as a pop-star-turned-radio-host, but Myleene Klass is also a talented classical pianist and knows her major from her minor scales.

The singer, 41, has offered to give free music lessons via YouTube for little ones stuck at home – and has invited people to tune into her next “klass” this week on Friday at 10am.

Advertising her services in a Twitter post, she wrote: “PARENTS! How’s home schooling working out for you?!

“If you want me to take over a lesson for you, here’s my gift to you! FREE music lessons which stick to the curriculum and are actually fun!”

Maths with Ms. Vorderman

Who else could the nation trust to get their kids brushing up on their algebra? None other than former Countdown host Carol Vorderman, of course, who is giving children free access to her online maths school until the moment they're back in the classroom.

Announcing the handy resource on Twitter, the presenter, 59, wrote: “My maths school http://themathsfactor.com is usually about £2 a week. 

“I want to help so it's now FREE for children age 4-11 until schools open. We're uploading massive server capabilities, pls bear with us. With all my love.”

Food Tech with Mr Oliver and Mr Michaels

There has been no shortage of celebrities wanting to help us cook up delicious dishes with all that stock-piled food shopping. Even better, why not let your kids practice food tech and make dinner at the same time?

For the older ones, Jamie Oliver, 44, is back on screens with Channel 4’s Keep Cooking and Carry On – broadcast every week night at 5.30pm – that promises to show viewers how to make “easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes” including fresh homemade pasta.

Set your reminders for #KeepCookingCarryOn TONIGHT 5:30pm @channel4!! You told me what you needed and I've listened. Thanks to my brilliant team we're going to bring you easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes with lots of useful swaps and tips to help you feed yourself and your loved ones in these unique times every night this week.

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However, younger children can tune into fellow chef Theo Micahel’s cookalong which he’ll be hosting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

The former MasterChef star – who also appeared on This Morning – has said he’ll “publish a list of (easy, quarantine-friendly) ingredients the day before” each  ‘Kids Cook With Theo’ is streamed on Instagram and YouTube.

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OK everyone, I have no idea how this is going to go! I’m hosting a live cook along every Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 4pm (GMT). UPDATE: ingredients list now up – link in my bio!! . I’ll publish a list of (easy, quarantine friendly) ingredients the day before each cookalong and feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to swap an ingredient you don’t have or for dietary reasons. Listen, we’re in this together. I can’t promise this will be pretty, but we’ll have a bit of fun, maybe learn something and ultimately end up with dinner! I’ve said this is a kids cookalong but in reality it’s for everyone. This Monday we’re making homemade flatbreads (two ingredients) with various toppings so the idea is at the end of it you’ve all got dinner aswell! Anyway, let’s have some fun and cook some stuff! Please share with anyone who might like to join in. Theo xx PS. I take no liability for anything my kids say or the amount of mess caused.. #theocookswithkids . . . . . . . . . . . . . #theocooks #cookalong #kidscooking #activityforkids #lockdown #lockdown2020 #kidslockdown #lockdownwithkids #thismorning #homeschool #homeschooling #isolationinspired

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OK everyone, I have no idea how this is going to go! I’m hosting a live cook along every Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 4pm (GMT). UPDATE: ingredients list now up – link in my bio!! . I’ll publish a list of (easy, quarantine friendly) ingredients the day before each cookalong and feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to swap an ingredient you don’t have or for dietary reasons. Listen, we’re in this together. I can’t promise this will be pretty, but we’ll have a bit of fun, maybe learn something and ultimately end up with dinner! I’ve said this is a kids cookalong but in reality it’s for everyone. This Monday we’re making homemade flatbreads (two ingredients) with various toppings so the idea is at the end of it you’ve all got dinner aswell! Anyway, let’s have some fun and cook some stuff! Please share with anyone who might like to join in. Theo xx PS. I take no liability for anything my kids say or the amount of mess caused.. #theocookswithkids . . . . . . . . . . . . . #theocooks #cookalong #kidscooking #activityforkids #lockdown #lockdown2020 #kidslockdown #lockdownwithkids #thismorning #homeschool #homeschooling #isolationinspired

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English with Mr Walliams and Ms. Garner

Mums and dads will be over-the-moon to learn that there are a host of famous faces keen to read your little one a story so you can continue with the boxset guilt-free.

Posting to Twitter, comedian-turned-author David Walliams, 48, has announced he’ll be releasing a new audio story every day for the next 30 days for free. 

First up is The Terrible Triplets, which can be accessed via his website – and is, of course, narrated by the star himself.

Joining him are none other than Jennifer Garner, 47, and Amy Adams, 45, who have teamed up in an effort to help keep your kids immersed in fiction.

The actresses have launched the Instagram account @savewithstories where they – and other stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Jamie Lee Curtis – are filmed reading children's stories in an effort to raise money for Save The Children.

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Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES (and please welcome my friend @amyadams to Instagram!)—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing (without hair and makeup!!) as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between @savethechildren and Share Our Strength’s @nokidhungry (and thank you to our founding publisher, @scholasticinc ♥️). . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and #SaveTheChildren and #NoKidHungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! . These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES

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Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES (and please welcome my friend @amyadams to Instagram!)—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing (without hair and makeup!!) as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between @savethechildren and Share Our Strength’s @nokidhungry (and thank you to our founding publisher, @scholasticinc ♥️). . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and #SaveTheChildren and #NoKidHungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! . These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES

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Dance with Ms. Bussell and Ms. Buswell

Who says learning has to be all about sitting at your desk? Two pro dancers are on a mission to show your kids how to twirl across the kitchen like they’re on Strictly.

Dame Darcey Bussell, 50, directed her Twitter followers to join a dance class via her DDMIX organisation's Facebook page at 1.30pm every day this week.

Joining the former ballet dancer in getting youngsters – and adults – to find the beat was also Dianne Buswell, 30.

The Aussie pro taught her followers how to do the Charleston yesterday morning with the help of 28-year-old boyfriend Joe Sugg – and posted the tutorial on her YouTube channel.

History with Mr Snow 

With unprecedented events going on in the world outside, it could be a welcome distraction to get your kids to discover more about other past momentous moments in history – and how it all turned out alright in the end (sort of…).

TV presenter Dan Snow, 41, directed his followers on Twitter to his History Hit streaming service which allows you to access documentaries on everything from Jack The Ripper to the events of 1066.

It can be accessed for free for 30 days, and the following month for just a quid, as part of special offer. There’s also a free podcast too.

Science with Professor Cox

Don’t forget about physics, which Professor Brian Cox – single-handedly credited with getting the nation more interested in galaxies and gravity- has promised to help with in the coming weeks.

The 52-year-old TV star confirmed he’ll announce on Twitter “as things get organised”.

On Saturday, he took part in a Q&A session where “science students of all ages” were advised to ask questions, and allow him to “do your homework for you”. It's worth staying tuned.

Geography with Mr Backshall

Last but not least, naturalist and wildlife expert Steve Backshall will be giving lessons on his area of expertise, with his first virtual class taking place this week.

The TV star announced the news on Twitter in a post which read: “9:30am (GMT) Weds 25th March I’ll be live on Facebook, Instagram AND YouTube. 

“From habitats to holotypes, parasites to pademelons, I’ll do my best to bring the wild world into your living room, from… my living room!”

It all sounds a lot more fun than when we were at school…

In other celebrity news, we told you about the mini-me daughters following in their famous mothers' footsteps.

We also revealed Kate Middleton's three rules that helped her find her feet as a mum.

And Stacey Solomon has admitted she isn't shaving during the lockdown.

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