Having to homeschool our kids was not a scenario that many of us saw having to happen. It has thrust many of us into the deep end and left us wondering just how to make the most out of the situation. If you are, it can be difficult to replicate the same structure and learning environment at home as they would get at school. However, you still want to ensure your children have the best chance of taking in as much as they can. If you are looking to ensure your kids stay on track, here are some top homeschooling tips.
- Create a designated working space
It is important to create a clear working space that is set up ready for your children so they can get the most out of the day. It is good to get a dedicated set of shelves or storage to put their books and study things. Ensure they have enough space to sit down, work and to set up their laptop and tablet if they are having Zoom lessons with their teachers. Try to keep this area for work only, so they know when they are there they have to concentrate. If they are having difficulty, find out if there is something wrong such as tiredness, temporary hearing loss or if there is another reason they cannot focus.
- Stick to a daily schedule
Try to create a schedule for you all to follow on the day. This clear structure will help you know what is happening when and for your children to have a good understanding of this too. Children thrive on a routine and basic structure to the day and it is a good idea to stick to this as closely as possible. You can colour code it depending on the lesson you are doing and clearly mark out the time they are allowed breaks such as for lunch.
- Don’t go too hard on yourself if things don’t work out exactly as they should
Homeschooling is difficult enough, without being in the middle of a pandemic where children can be struggling mentally. Lockdown is difficult and we are all doing our best. Some days it just won’t work out how it is meant to, you might not get all the work done that you are meant to, or they might just find it very difficult. Don’t be hard on yourself, instead think of another way they can learn or take a break. Why not head out on a walk to learn more about nature? Or do something creative? These things are just as important for them to do too.
These are just a few top homeschooling tips that should make it a bit easier to get through the school day. Remember that we are all doing our best in what are very challenging hard times. Why not look at Joe Wicks PE lessons? Or find online resources to help you out? There are many ways you can make homeschooling that bit more bearable and fun for you all.