Many parents have gone to the internet to share their hilarious homeschooling fails. As entertaining as those can be, now seems like a great time to give some homeschooling tips to parents who are struggling with the mandatory homeschooling situation many are in right now. Here are a few quick tips:
Family planning is key if you find yourself in an unexpected homeschool situation. You should communicate to your children about the ‘new normal’ and your expectations for them. Your child is used to a structured environment and continuing that will be beneficial for both you and them.
Create a Daily Schedule
It’s important for school, meals, chores, and other activities to be on a schedule. Many people’s daily routines are being shaken up so it may be time to create a new routine surrounding the new circumstances.
Ask for Help!
Try reaching out to your school district and ask what they have for resources in terms of curriculum, online learning platforms, suppies, etc..
Create a Great Learning Environment
Help your kids create their own workspace. Rotating where they work depending on what they are learning may work well for some children.
You Don’t Need to Try to Replicate the “Normal” School Schedule
Many families who homeschool don’t spend more than 4 hours doing school work. Some families even stick to only one hour a day. The executive director of the National Home School Association said, “It's more important to find something that your child is interested in because a child only learns when they are interested in something.
Motivate Your Children
Some students may be self motivated. If that is your child – be grateful! If not, they will need some extra motivation. Don’t be afraid to bribe them with video game or tv time.
Taking breaks while working has been proven to increase work efficiency. It’s the same with homeschooling. Giving your children a 15-minute break between one subject and another will help them to focus.
Have Fun With It!
Being home offers a new “out of the box” way of learning. Everything can be a learning experience. Try going outside to learn!
Let the Kids Decide
It really doesn’t matter whether they do math or English first, as long as it gets done, so let them decide what they are in the mood for.
Do Your Own Research
Homeschooling isn’t all easy breezy. It will take some research and homework of your own. Take the time to make a plan for the flow of your day and schedule lessons and read their textbooks before they do. This way you’ll be able to have a meaningful conversation with them about what they’re learning and have a grasp on it yourself if they need extra help.
Wrap School Up With A Meeting
Spending 10-15 minutes at the end of the “school day” to look over your child’s work will ensure you know where they are with their learning. You can use this time to ask them if they are confused about anything and make sure everything is completed and graded. It’s great for children who need one-on-one time.
This is new for a lot of parents, and it can be pretty daunting. Your homeschooling won’t be perfect right off the bat and that’s perfectly okay! Just take things one step at a time and breathe!
The team at CE Credits Online would like to extend our best wishes to anyone affected by the Coronavirus and we hope you all are staying positive during these uncertain times.