I thought it might be time to dust off this little blog since it seems like there is a sudden surge in homeschooling thanks to covid-19. Who would have thought that there would be a time when children across the globe would be asked to stay home from school for an extended period and practice distance learning? Yet here we are.
So, dear parents, do not fret. Your kids will be fine. Some advice:
- The idea of having the kids home 24-7 can be overwhelming, but it is also an opportunity to deepen your relationship.
- Let your child have a few days to decompress. As much as we are worried about the pandemic, our children also worry because they can see our concern, even if we try to hide it.
- When they do hit the books, take it slow. Remember that they are no longer in a class full of students. Don't worry too much about creating school at home. A lot of classroom time is eaten up in quieting kids, collecting homework, and making sure everyone is learning at the same pace. You don't need to devote 45 minutes to an hour for each subject. Let your child set the pace. Spend extra time on things they don't understand and less time on exercises they figure out quickly.
- Don't forget you can learn in different ways. A cooking lesson can teach weights and measures, fractions, chemistry, and physics. Have them study the behavior of a pet or identify the birds outside their window. Try switching the language on a DVD they've watched several times. Find a book to read together. Play Scrabble or Chess. Use your imagination, and theirs.
Above all, take it one day at a time. Take a deep breath and let it out slow. You've got this, mom and dad.