Okay, parents, let’s be honest with each other, with schools closed to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, we are all struggling to find activities for the kids to do from home.
Many moms and dads are asking how they’re supposed to teach children at home and thankfully, some homeschooling moms who’ve been there and done that are happy to share their knowledge. Here are some tips to help us homeschool temporarily.
- Hold a family meeting – Family planning is key. Talk to your kids about this new normal. This will help them understand they still have to complete assignments on time and what’s expected of them.
- Create a daily schedule – Having set hours for school, meals, chores, and free time can help everyone adjust to the routine.
- Ask your school district for support – Find out what resources, supplies, and online platforms are available from your school district and talk to your kids’ teachers to know what they expect in terms of assignments.
- Help kids create a learning environment – Each child learns differently and she suggests letting them help create their own workspace – at a kitchen table, on their bed, or in a living room chair – that works best for them.
- Don’t be afraid to bribe ’em – Use incentives like time with electronics or playtime after school work is finished and make expectations clear so they know what it takes to get their reward.
- Take breaks – Having a few minutes of downtime is important and a quick break can help your patience, as well as help kids, get through a tough assignment.
- Cut yourself some slack – Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ve been thrown into a new situation that’s unfamiliar and a little intimidating. Our home “school days” won’t be perfect and that’s okay.
Good luck and God speed! We’ll all get through this together (that is with a little bit of distance.)