Most parents expected their kids to be at camps, occupied, or just generally outside of the house for the summer. The unexpected pandemic created obstacles for a lot of us, especially working parents of school-age children. Now, many of you are trying to create a sufficient learning space for your young ones. This has been made especially difficult in these circumstances. Hardworking parents also need to meet their wellness needs and prioritize their sanity!
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So… here are a few tips for those parents who are still navigating homeschooling:
Always keep your child’s preferences, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses in mind.
- What type environment does your child best work in?
- What are their preferred learning styles? Who/what do they work best with?
- Make sure they aren't working too long to ensure focus. Monitor their progress on projects so they don't allocate too much time to a single one.
Create healthy habits while maintaining variety.
- Regularity is a strong tool: scheduling, lesson plans, content consistency, cleaning up after work is done.
Make sure to include passion projects!
- Encourage your kids to discover and explore interests. Even if it is video games, they should take this time to do what they love.
- If you need it, reach out to other parents and support each other. It takes a village!
Don’t overwork yourself as a teacher and parent!
- Education is a priority but not if it is going to cause distress for you and your kids. Putting on a movie every now and then is ok!