Almost overnight parents across the world have now become teachers and are trying to do the very best they can to home school their children in a very challenging environment.
Most parents don’t have experience of homeschooling and due to how suddenly it all happened didn’t have time to prepare.
Well, this post is my plea to all parents to stop worrying and stressing over homeschooling your children. They will be alright.
You have to remember that schools and teachers have months of preparation and years of experience to provide our children with structured learning at school. So trying to replicate this structure at home is going to be near impossible. Not to mention that we as home school teachers now have the added stress that we can’t go outside and the fear of the CoronaVirus causing everyone anxiety.
Most primary schools have around 30 children per class all with different abilities, likes and interests so the structure is key in a school environment to ensure classes and learning run efficiently and everyone gets to do a bit of everything.
However in a home setting, you will only have your own children to teach so why not take this time to let them focus on the subjects they enjoy the most whether it be art, cooking, creative writing, geography etc. Ask them what they would like to learn each day or which subject they would like to focus on. Even if your children, like mine, spend nearly all day drawing and baking they are still learning and developing their skills.
These are tough times that we are all going through and I think most adults are feeling worried and anxious so our children must be feeling a bit of it too. Anything you can get them to do that will keep them occupied and enjoying themselves will help to ease their stress and worry.
Even if you have high school children instead of trying to get them to do a bit of every lesson spend a bit of time on the core subjects Maths, English, Science and then spend most of the time on the subject that they enjoy the most. This is going to be a hard time for them too especially that they are not able to go out with their friends so keeping them happy is going to be the main priority and probably a tough one with teenagers.
There are lots of online educational games and learning tools available now that are brilliant for teaching children especially when homeschooling but if your children don’t take to it then don’t feel pressured to make them. Just keep trying different things until you find something that works.
I have put together a list of homeschooling activities that worked well for us that you can view here – Kid’s Homeschooling Activities
This is a very difficult time for everyone and a lot of people are suffering at the moment but if we try to find a positive in all of this it is that we have been given this extra time with our children so just try to take the time to enjoy it.
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