Six months of the 2020 year are gone by but we can say we’ve experienced so much it will be a year to remember. It was a challenging year, still is. The outbreak took over the world and almost made it stop spinning for more than a second.
However, there is one thing that should never stop – education and the drive to learn new things.
Although this is important for all of us, it is key for children. But what happens in times of an outbreak when the formal education – the schools are closed?
The learning cannot stop, so it’s left out to be done by the parents.
Are you a parent too? No worries – you are not alone. Tens of millions of parents are faced with the same challenge.
Here are some tips that will help you in this challenging process.
1. Develop and Follow a Daily Schedule
Regardless of your child’s age, you must create a daily schedule. Yes, being home equals flexibility but that also means a lot of distractions. The TV and favorite cartoons are always here, the younger brother/sister to play with, the yard to run into.
It’s why you have to create a daily structure / a routine and follow it. There is time for everything. Learning and playing, but you have to set the boundaries.
Try by printing out the important daily activities and putting them on the fridge with a magnet. Color-code the important stuff, the lunch breaks, and play-time. This way it will be easier for you and your child.
2. Create a Learning Space
Although homeschooling might seem like a fun and exciting activity, it can turn into a nightmare especially if you don’t create a specific learning space for your child.
Not only all the school materials will become your home décor but your child will also make no or very little progress because of lacking a designated learning space. Make no mistake, this doesn’t mean you have to turn the guest room or the home office into a learning space. You can even turn the kitchen table into a learning station. It’s more about the approach and about linking a certain area to the learning activity itself.
3. Take the Time to Go Outside
In this challenging process, don’t forget about the mental health of your child. Just as important as progress and learning or maybe, even more, is the ability to take the homeschooling beyond the classroom.
There is a thin line between making sure your child learns everything that he/she should have been in school and forcing him/her. And since you are not a professional that learned about how to do this, make sure to add bits of interesting activities in the schedule.
This way, you’ll get to spend some quality time together and teach your child practical skills too.
However, this homeschooling challenge rolls out for you, don’t forget that just as you are going to a stressful time, your child is going through the same thing. That’s why it’s vital to be forgiving of yourself and of course, your kid.