It’s no secret that school is going to be different this fall. However, what parents may not be prepared for is the amount of homeschooling that they will potentially be doing this year. At-school tutoring may be canceled, or at least drastically reduced, and in-school work will certainly be reduced. Some schools have announced that classes will be online for the whole school year. Now, your child may not be getting their education exclusively through Zoom, but there’s a chance they’ll be doing a lot more work from your kitchen table than usual.
It’s been estimated that students are not likely to learn as much, or as well, this upcoming year, due to less support and routines, or difficulty adjusting and adapting to the circumstances. But there are some things you can do to ease the transition. Whether you are planning on doing a full year of all-out homeschooling or only partially in tandem with an in-school education, keep reading on for some tips for success.
Connect With Other Parents
Reach out to other parents and see if they would be willing to form a study group, or a small “mini-school” to teach your children. Being able to split up homeschooling responsibilities among a network of parents can be especially helpful. Having one family handle making science worksheets or study guides and another handle math can be a great way to divide it up.
Turn Your Home Into a Classroom
Keeping your child motivated from home, a place they likely associate more with rest or play than with work, is going to be key this school year. Designate a certain room or area for doing homework and other school-related work. If you can, invest in some items that will set them up for their studies, for example a comfortable chair, materials for making flashcards, and their very own Time Timer for staying on track!
Organize Your Time and Keep a Schedule
If you’re planning on teaching or assisting your kids with schoolwork in any capacity, finding a structure that works for you and your family will help. Have a schedule and stick with it to ensure your kids know what’s coming up day-to-day. The Time Timer can come in handy during study and rest periods, for example, setting the Time Timer for 45 minutes for a science lesson, then another 45 minutes for math, and so on, will help your children with focus on the task at hand and empower them to keep track of their own time. The Time Timer has a strong visual element that helps reduce anxiety around how much time is left, or any debate as to when exactly time for class, or homework, begins and finishes.
Depending on your child (and their age, temperament, and abilities) homeschooling might be a challenge for them, or they may prefer it to being in a classroom. If you’ve been considering this, then know that one of the most important tenets of a successful homeschooling is figuring out the right pace for your children to learn at. You may already know by now how much time your child needs to complete homework, or study, but additional experimentation will help you to determine the exact pace for instruction itself.
We hope you and your children are preparing well for this upcoming school year. If you're planning to homeschool in some capacity, hopefully these tips are helpful. Have some tips you’d like to share? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!