Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, many schools have either closed and paused all learning, or they are continuing with some form of distance learning, which means that many parents are being introduced to homeschooling for the first time.
The good news is that for the schools continuing with classes, it’s a legal requirement to provide learning resources to students equally.
However, some schools don’t have the funding required to provide each student with Wi-Fi, laptops, and tablets.
If as a parent you find yourself in a situation where you have to homeschool your child for the first time, then you’ll benefit from the following tips, which come as wise counsel from parents and educators who’ve done it all before.
- Consider Your Kid’s Needs
Some kids need more guidance than others and online learning can oftentimes be overwhelming for kids who don’t have the capacity to learn on their own all the time.
If your child is struggling to manage the online distance learning process then it’s probably a good idea to organize a group learning session via Zoom to help those kids work together.
However, kids who don’t mind working alone should be fine so long as they have access to the resources necessary to learn. As a parent, you should also have access to resources to help guide you through the process.
- Create a Specific Space for Learning
Just as you would need a separate space to use as your home office, you should also create a separate learning area for your kids.
Make sure there’s a place for everything so that your kids can put their learning materials away once they’ve finished learning.
Then, they can play and move onto other activities. It’s also a good idea to have some sort of daily routine that’ll make it easier for everyone to manage their time effectively.
That way, you can separate activities and make room for more rest on some days if necessary.
While there are plenty of free homeschooling resources such as Mastery Genius available online for parents to take advantage of, they don’t provide everything you need to give your child proper education.
A lot of them are just signposts or a shortened version of the real thing. Plus, there are so many of these options to choose from that it can truly be an overwhelming experience just keeping up with all of it.
The most important thing is to make use of resources that are relevant to you and your child’s needs.
As stressful as this time period can be for you and your kids, it’s important to be compassionate and patient with all parties involved.
It’s okay to take a break on some days or shorten the school day and watch a movie instead of just pounding away at work when you’re stressed and overly tired.
Homeschooling is a double-edged sword. It can be a fun way to connect with your kids and take part in one of the most important aspects of their life-schooling!
However, it can also be overwhelming so we hope these tips will make your life that much easier as you navigate this new reality.