Homeschooling During Shelter in Place

Most of us have found ourselves in a situation that we never thought we’d be in. Teaching our children at home and unable to leave our homes because of the COVID-19 virus. Many families have experienced some difficulty in making the adjustment from a parent to a home-school teacher. Further, many children are having trouble adjusting to getting work done at home.

In this blog, I’ll provide some tips for helping parents and children transition to homeschooling:

1) Delegate an area of your home that is only for work

  • Because your child is probably used to relaxing at home, it may be difficult for them to spend long period of time focusing on schoolwork. To combat this problem, select an area of your house to complete academics. This area should be free of clutter, only used for schoolwork, and not available for free time activities. The more distinct it is that this area is the school zone, the easier it will be for your child to focus on their schoolwork. It may even help to call this area the “School Zone”

2) Maintain a routine for going to school

  • When your child wakes up in the morning, they should do the usual tasks that they would do before getting ready for school. Have them get dressed, eat breakfast, and brush their teeth, just as if they were going to school. For some children, it may be helpful for them to have a backpack that they keep their schoolwork in when it is not time to work on academics. They can bring their backpack to the school zone, unpack it while they do their work. At the end of their school day, have them pack up their backpack and put it where it belongs. This will clearly communicate to your child when it is time to work and when it is time to relax.

3) Make their home school environment something they can be proud of

  • At school, children have mascots that give them a sense of identify and unity. You can incorporate this into your home school environment. Have you child choose a mascot, perhaps one of their favorite animals. Draw a logo and create some signs to decorate their school zone. This will help keep their spirits up and further drive home that this area is where they should go to get tasks done

Please leave comments to share your experience with becoming a home-school teacher. Thank you for reading!

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