How to Homeschool During Quarantine
We are currently experiencing an upheaval of our normal day-to-day life. Many of us are working from home, and our kids are all learning from home now too. This is something that’s unprecedented, and a lot of parents are looking for guidance on how to manage homeschooling their child, often multiple children, while perhaps working from home themselves (or even outside of the home for essential workers) and then still having to manage the usual daily chores and business of a household. Here we’ll give you some tips to balancing it all.
Have a schedule
Kids thrive on schedules. Learning from home is enough of a change for kids, so try to have some semblance of normality by maintaining a learning schedule each day—just as they would have at school. Some schools have Zoom meetings at a certain time, while others may require signing in or completing exit forms at specific times each day. Use your school’s requirements as your starting point, and build your day around that. There’s no one “perfect” schedule. The schedule you set will look different from other families’ or even from child to child. One student may do better with a set progression of subjects (math always first, then reading, etc.) while another may prefer to browse their assignments each day and choose which they’d like to do. Be sure to include breaks within this schedule, but again, you know your child best. If they do best with straight work all day with one break after lunch, that’s fine, while another might need a small break in between each assessment.
Look at the positives
This is your time to truly learn about your child’s learning style! As we stated above, the schedule will (and should) be customized to your child’s preferences and temperament. If your child says they enjoy when the teacher includes videos, try finding your own YouTube videos for them for other assignments where one is not included. You can also work as you see fit. For example, if you were not liking the lack of play built into your kindergartener’s day, by all means schedule a play period or several in between learning!
Don’t drive yourself crazy
Most importantly of all: your mental health and your child’s matter most out of anything else. These are desperate times, and this way of learning and teaching was, in all honesty, unheard of and unthought of even just a month ago. If things become overwhelming, and they very well might, take a step back, close the laptop or shelve the tablet, and give yourself and your child a break. Be open with your child’s teacher as to the amount of work being given and any constraints on your time (other kids’ online schooling, a toddler or baby, your own work schedule, etc.). We’ll let you in on a little secret: many teachers are feeling stressed and overwhelmed too with this, so most should be very accommodating and understanding and work out a schedule with you. For example, maybe your child could be given the whole week to complete assignments, so that on busy days you can do less and on days where you find yourself having more time you can do more.
Remember, this is new for everyone involved, so give yourself and your child some grace. For more blogs about children’s health and topics relating to parenting, check out our blog section!