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As we struggle to find some normalcy during these trying times, homeschooling has taken off to ensure our children receive a quality education. For homeschooling beginners, it can be difficult to know where to start and what to do. Below are some tips and tricks to make it easier for you and your family.
Start small: You don’t have to give your child an 8 hour school day. You know your child and what they can handle. Start with an hour of reading and math each day and build up to social studies and languages. It’s okay to take things slowly.
Set Learning Goals: Everything is easier with goals and a plan. Giving yourself and your child attainable achievements can help to boost everyone’s confidence and make homeschooling a less daunting experience.
Make a schedule: Children need structure. Making a simple schedule with set time blocking can help to give your child focus throughout the day. You do not have to be rigid with scheduling and it’s important to remember fluidity and spontaneity. School should be fun!
Create a learning space: Whether it’s the kitchen table or their own desk, setting up a learning space can help to create a focused atmosphere for children. Posting the daily schedule and having a place to store learning materials can help to get your child into the appropriate mindset for learning and help to separate playtime from schooltime.
Reading is fundamental: Make sure to include reading every day. You can practice spelling words off a list or just enjoy story time together by taking turns reading a page.
Perfect time for life skills: Now is the time to teach children about cleanliness and self care. Show older children how to do laundry or cook simple recipes. Teach the younger ones how to tie their shoes or get dressed on their own. These little things can help them gain and maintain independence and self confidence in their new found abilities and responsibilities.
Food: Have snack time and lunch time. Use those moments to spend time together and nurture those bonds. Healthy foods can improve memory retention and cognitive abilities.
Get creative and active: Passion projects, arts & crafts, and exercise play important parts in a child’s growth. Encourage your child to explore their interests, learn something new, or stay active. Exercise can help to boost the immune system and energize the body.
Use your resources: The internet is full of free guides, worksheets and lesson plans. There are also support groups and you even have the ability to contact your child’s teachers. Use everything you have to make sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Looking for help is important.