The Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic caught a lot of people unaware and unprepared. Parents are having a hard time with their kids as they have been home from school. Parents have resumed the work of both parent and teacher, however that can be very overwhelming trying to balance work and homeschooling. For some parents, it’s not even something to think about because they don’t know how to go about homeschooling. They might have even tried but, it’s not working. Do you want to give up now? No. You shouldn’t because these are simple ways to help you homeschooling your kids without breaking your neck.
6 MAJOR WAYS YOU CAN HOMESCHOOLING YOUR KIDS
1). CONNECT WITH YOUR CHILD(REN) TEACHER :
Connecting with your wards teacher is very fundamental because they are professionals and they have a high degree of experience. They know the strength and weakness of all their scholars and they have exceptional ways to bring out their individual creativity.
Follow their learning plans and know what is expected of your wards and you. Then develop a workflow that works for your child and your family.
2). CREATE A WORKABLE SCHEDULE:
As the name implies it’s a homeschool and not the formal school they go to daily. Make it as flexible as you can, and try to manage it. Although you may be following a lesson plan, it’s completely in your place to schedule it in a way, that that will suit you and the kids without skipping any subject for the day. Set up study time and work time and be firm with your decision.
3). BE EASY ON YOURSELF:
Know that this is a new phase of life and it’s not going to last. Don’t overstretch yourself, take it easy on yourself and know that you are doing just fine. It’s a gradual process. The children wouldn’t learn overnight, just do your part and leave the rest.
4). START YOUR DAY PLANNING WITH YOUR CHILD:
Your child is a major key player, get him/her involved in planning that day’s lesson. It’s good to brainstorm with your child about the day ahead. Give them options. Ask them what they feel about doing tasks in certain ways. Give them time to adjust to the schedule.
5). INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY:
Homeschooling involves integrating your child’s educational schedule with your family’s regular routine. Have a chat with your family and know what their expectations are with the home school setup- and what is expected of them.
6) TAKE BREAKS:
You can’t underestimate the power of breaks. It gives them time to relax, unwind and also play. You can’t take that away from them.
HOMESCHOOLING SCHEDULES YOU CAN APPLY AT HOME
LEARNING AT HOME SCHEDULE
Video: Let’s learn about spelling and practice sight words
Activity: Pick the five most difficult words on your list and practice spelling it out loud
Homework: What did you do during the weekend? Tell us a story about it!
Video: Today we’ll learn about healthy foods!
Activity: Let’s look for green vegetables at home!
Homework: Do you have any favourite vegetables? Why not make a poster about them?
Video: Shapes are great! Let’s explore them.
Activity: Go around your house and look for different shapes. Take a photo of them.
Homework: Create a slideshow of the different shapes you found at home. Share it with the class next week.
Video: What are the book reviews?
Activity: Pick one of your favourite books. Think about why you like it.
Homework: It’s nice to share your book! Create a poster and tell us about three things you liked best about it.
Video: Let’s talk about puppets
Activities: Gather materials for sock puppets. Ask your parents for help with the cutting parts.
Homework: Create a short video using your puppet!
NOTE: This is not applicable to parents who have school curriculum. And it can be adjusted. Create your own home learning schedule and make the best out of homeschooling.
Parenting in times like this can be really demanding, stressing and intensifying. Know that you are not alone in this. There are people out there who are also going through the path of life and they are doing well with the little steps mentioned above. So try it out and enjoy a less stressful time with your kids.