Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many parents to decide on homeschooling. Some chose e-learning through their school districts while others chose to homeschool on their own.
Now, most schools have returned to in-person learning, but not all. Whether your child’s school still isn’t offering in-person classes or you’ve just decided to keep homeschooling this year, there are things you can do to make the experience a greater success for both you and your child.
That starts by learning from some of the setbacks you went through last year if you were homeschooling throughout the pandemic. If it’s your first time and you’re starting from scratch, take a deep breath. You can still learn things along the way that will make the process easier for everyone involved.
Create a Consistent Schedule
One of the challenges of homeschooling is trying to balance the school day with everything else you have going on. Keeping your work life, personal life, and your kids’ extra activities all separate can be overwhelming. Creating a daily schedule can help.
Kids thrive on routine, especially when they’re “working” from home. Having that structure each day will make a big difference in their focus and productivity, and it will make your life less stressful.
If you’re not sure how to get started on a schedule, the most important thing is to remain consistent. Your kids’ daily schedule should include things like:
Waking up at the same time each day
A set morning routine
Starting school at the same time
Making time for play and activities
Going to bed at the same time each night
Even if you’re divorced and your kids split time between you and your former spouse, make sure you’re consistent with their routine. Use effective co-parenting strategies to stay on the same page about scheduling, for the sake of your kids’ education.
Having your own schedule can help, too, especially if you’re working remotely while trying to homeschool your kids. Once you have one in place, it won’t take long before it becomes second nature, and you’ll be able to strike a better balance between the different sections of your family’s life.
Keep Track of Your Kids’ Progress
Depending on how old your kids are, you don’t have to lean over their shoulders every second of the day while they’re learning. There are many resources available online that make the homeschooling process easier for parents.
But, it’s important to make sure your kids are ready for the responsibilities that come with spending several hours a day online.
Internet safety should be lesson number one before your child is allowed to freely browse on the computer. They might have to do research, check out different websites, or even connect with other students online. Make sure they understand some of the common dangers, including:
Show them how to protect their personal information, and set boundaries and rules as needed. Internet safety should be a consistent conversation in your household as long as your kids are using the computer every day.
This is only a start, of course. There are so many things to consider when you’re homeschooling, and it’s easy to feel like you’re going through a lot of trial and error each day.
But, many parents have made that switch because it can be beneficial for their kids. Whether you’re teaching your kids at home to keep them safe or because you think it’s better for their education, keep these tips in mind to get through this fall semester and beyond. Not only will implementing them make things easier on your kids but on you, as well.