The thought of homeschooling your children while juggling working from home and all the other changes that have come to be during social distancing protocols can feel daunting. The truth is that kids don't need much time at all doing their school work from home to stay caught up and taking a month or two off school won't affect them in the grand scheme of things. Also we are all in the same boat and most students and parents are trying to figure it out the best they can too - don't sweat it!
1. Focus on reading skills
Reading and writing at any age is important and is a great area to lean on during homeschool time. Kids can be supported in lots of ways through apps, by reading together with parents, or reading on their own for older kids. Audio books and books read by famous authors are also readily available online!
2. Go easy on yourself
The most important thing is to make sure that kids aren't feeling stressed and anxious. Feeling safe and relaxed facilitates the best environment for learning. This is new for everyone and don't worry about getting everything perfect or sticking to a rigid schedule. Breaking up the day with lots of play, physical activity, and quality time with caregivers is a great way to put your child's mind at ease and make things fun.
3. Learn from more than a textbook
Turning everyday tasks into home economics learning experiences is a great way to build practical math skills. Baking and focusing on measurements and weights is a fun and tasty way to apply number skills. Learning to do chores and help around the house more are skills that will carry on to adulthood. We all know those people that can't cook or do their own laundry once they move out of their parents house - yikes!
4. Don't hesitate to get help
Using resources like online tutors, apps, and workbooks can be helpful to get the ball rolling. Here are some resources for parents and kids to help start the homeschool process:
Online workbooks to order or print:
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