We can all agree that homeschooling is the worst! Now, if you are one of those parents that enjoys being fully involved in your child’s education, good for you. For the rest of us who had no intention of messing up our kids education and had planned on leaving it up to the professionals, we have been a bit stuck this last year. Depending on who you ask, we could be in for regular lockdowns and homeschooling if these viruses don’t wipe us out first. With this in mind, here are some tips to help with homeschooling.
As tempting as it is to walk into homeschooling and wing it every day, you will hit a mountain of problems with this method. But, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Even having a basic calendar and schedule to help everyone know what they are doing can help keep everyone on task, while buying your child some polarized blue light glasses will ensure they stay focussed for longer without the risk of headaches. It's all about planning and working out what you might need in terms of equipment and how much you will need to teach certain subjects, all of which comes from doing some research.
In complete opposite of the previous point, you must be flexible when it comes to homeschooling. You never know what will happen during the day so always have a backup in place. Having backups can help you if you have an online meeting pop up or if you just need a minute break to get your head back into gear. And if a subject is being a pain, scrap it and be prepared to try again the next day.
Create your own classroom
Having your own classroom does not mean converting the spare bedroom into a sacred space for learning. However, you do need to have a space that the kids will know is for school work. Miss Jacobs Little Learners has a wide selection of resources to make your dining table feel like a classroom and not the place where your kids poke peas up their noses for fun.
Find a homeschooling group
At this point we would like to remind you that you are not the only parent in the world that is looking at the paperwork and muttering swear words under your breath. Sure, they changed math and you don’t understand it, but do you know who will? Other parents. Homeschooling groups are popping up everywhere, and if you are lucky, you will get a teacher in the group that will know what they are talking about.
Remember, you are not a teacher
There are plenty of parents out there who are teachers so they will have an amazing homeschool system in place to manage multiple children of different learning levels. These people have been trained to do this. You probably have no experience of the education system after you left it. Don’t beat yourself up if you are struggling with the work and helping the kids. A lot of parents are in the same boat. Take it easy on yourself and your kids, this world is stressful enough at the minute without wanting to cry over math.