As schools continue to remain closed throughout the country, more and more parents are finding themselves with an unexpected new job title: Teacher. Experts agree that just because children are in school for eight hours a day does not mean that they need eight hours of instruction at home. Here are a few tips for teaching your kids at home.
Plan the day with your child
Even if you're following a lesson plan, it's good to brainstorm with your child about their day ahead.
Give them options. Ask them what they feel about doing tasks in certain ways. Give them time to adjust to the new schedule.
Involve the family
Homeschooling involves integrating your child's educational schedule with your family's regular routine.
Have a chat with your family and know what their expectations are with the home school setup and what is expected of them.
Keep in touch with the teachers
Ask the teacher if you have to strictly follow the curriculum given or if you have the freedom to adjust the schedule.
Teachers can also give you tips on how to effectively facilitate your kids' learning and connect you with other parents.
Use free resources
The school will provide the lessons but you can also make use of other resources like worksheets available online to support or expand it: https://education.com/worksheets
It's a simple advice and you can't underestimate the power of breaks. Add it to your schedule and make it fun or be spontaneous and flexible.
Learning from home can be difficult, new and frustrating.
Facilitate your child's study schedule closely but be flexible to change it up based on your child's learning tendencies and emotional state at the time.