So many parents are getting their footing after the whirlwind of change that came with COVID-19.
There are so many things to be considered in adjusting to how schooling is taking place in the home and at the same time make homeschool fun.
To avoid risking the quality of education kids can receive now, it’s more important than ever to do our best to provide the best resources, tools.
Thankfully you don’t have to be a qualified teacher or have any type of special qualifications in order to do this successfully.
A typical school day gives students opportunities to show independence, help friends and overcome challenges.
The shift to learning from home still gives children the chance to develop autonomy, practice empathy and use their skills — but particularly when parents set up structures, then stand back to let kids shine.
Finding high-quality educational materials and methods can be overwhelming.
Here are some ideas on how to make homeschool fun in 2020:
1. Decide how you want homeschooling to look for you and your family.
There are many styles and ways that families homeschool. Take the time to imagine how you’d like this new way of life to positively help and support your family.
Take a look at what you enjoy about what other families are doing and incorporate what you see is the best for yours.
2. Find a method of homeschool that works for you.
There are various ways families homeschool. Take a look at other homeschool parent blogs and resources to see which direction makes the most sense for you and your children.
Consider other reading material and educational enrichment activities to incorporate. Many of these resources show how to tackle math problems, or answer questions in open forums.
You’re sure to find the right workflow and methods for homeschooling your kids.
3. Plan your schedule.
Your child’s school will give you times to be on the website or virtual calls, and most likely the length of time that you’ll be online. Plan your day’s schedule with that in mind.
The average person needs to study about 2-3 hours per day. You don’t have to do it for 6 hours, similar to a normal school day.
You’ll begin to see how much time at school is wasted, usually on lunch and recess.
You should study at minimum, 2 subjects a day, but don’t do more than 4 subjects a day.
4. Keep them engaged with other children.
Don’t allow them to get un-social. Children should be part of two clubs or virtual groups in order to make new friends or stay in contact with old ones.
Host a virtual hangout for your child and their friends.
Maybe they watch a movie and come together to talk about it.
5. Make their lessons fun.
To make their lessons fun, it’s good to know whether you are learning something interesting in history or science.
As an alternative to going on a field trip, you can always find a Youtube video or Netflix movie that relates to that topic.
Consider programs like My Video Playtime, which teaches parents and kids how to create basic videos at home to demonstrate what they’ve learned. The process of making videos requires planning, creativity, writing and relevant technical skills.
6. Watch DVDs, videos or something instructive.
This always helps with a child’s learning and will keep them more involved in the work. Go beyond the textbook and find ways to learn the material.
Purchase an instrument and show various techniques via YouTube recordings and instruct that way!
For P.E, you can have the kids go roller skating or riding a bike; these are all different, fun ways to exercise.
7. Keep track of the work you do together.
Keep a record or portfolio of all the work you or your child has been doing. It’s great to have for your records, but also is good to show as proof of what you’ve been learning, when your children return to school or are ready for college.
8. Be there when your child needs assistance.
It’s pretty difficult for kids to self-teach, and it requires dedication and commitment to get a good education.
You may not know everything that they’re learning in school, but as much as you can, be there for them and help them find the answer. There’s a lot of information online that can support them.
9. Develop more routine skills.
Involve the children in household tasks such as cooking, doing the laundry, cleaning and even light yard work once the school work is finished.
It’s all a part of daily life that kids will have to navigate.
10. Assign a project.
For older children, having them produce longer reports can stem from their own topic of interest that he or she researches, illustrates and presents.
A report can be written or oral, allowing for the development of public speaking skills as well, or even be with a video they create, using a resource like My Video Playtime.
Creativity is equally as important in this time. Younger children especially can learn by joining in just about any home activity; they can learn about fractions by following a recipe or can better understand biology by observing wildlife in a backyard or a park.
Kids of all ages can learn through everyday activities. Even though a student’s school may have set requirements to complete certain assignments, learning is not limited to a computer screen.
It’s important we look at this time as a blessing of the gift of time and opportunity for parents to reclaim the responsibility as primary educators of their children.
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She is a former school teacher turned entrepreneur and professional video producer.
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