In March most of our lives have been dramatically effected by Covid 19. It has come into our lives and has taken over what seems like, everything. Schools, workplaces, hospitals, cafes, you name it. We are continually being faced with more and new challenges every day and homeschooling has now reached the top of the list!
With the new school year quickly approaching, and some states with mandatory school closures families are faced with the difficult reality of needing to homeschool their children. But how?! They have never homeschooled before!
Home-schooling can be a challenge. It takes discipline, organization and a plan. We are sharing some of our top tips to preparing your home for comfortable and effective homeschooling.
CLEAR THE ROOM
It’s no secret, as adults, we perform more efficiently when our environment is clean and tidy and it’s no different for our little ones. They need a cleared and open environment in order to focus and succeed. Even if its a small area there should be no TV, only school tablets, a clear open area designated workspace. It will help retain their focus on their studies.
SPACE SAVING FURNITURE
Comfortable, yet space saving furniture really can help with preparing your space. Having furniture that has space underneath, to the sides, etc. can help in storage space. This foldable table is perfect for a study spot in a tight space. Use designated bins for books, pens, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Personalize for each child for a little fun. We found these handy little labels from Design4life and they are very inexpensive.
Furniture with comfortable seating and backing is also important. This is a perk to being able to learn from home! We all know the chairs in school are anything but comfortable!
STICK TO A DAILY SCHEDULE
Having weekly goals and a monthly outlook is a great way to stay on track. Provide rewards (those of your choice) when goals are met. It’s easy to get distracted while learning in the environment you typically relax in. You or your child may see a chore or activity that may be more enticing and it’s easy to drift off into that other activity, so, knowing when break time, quitting time, lunch time, etc is, really helps in keeping your mind off the chore or activity and focused on the learning task at hand.
NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT
Nutrition is important every day, especially when homeschooling your children. Having nutritious foods will not only keep the mind focused, but it will keep the sugar hypes away! Keep some healthy snacks, such as an apple or banana nearby the work area and allow little ones to enjoy when they start to feel a little sluggish.
TIME FOR PLAY
Remember when recess was the best time of day as kids?! Well, you can still allow it when homeschooling. Make a schedule and stick to it just like schools do – going outside and getting fresh air is extremely important. We are now in our homes more than ever before, so walking away from the same environment you spend so much time in, is very beneficial.
DON’T STRESS IT
Whether homeschooling was by choice or it was mandated, DO NOT STRESS it. This is YOUR school now. Stressing about backsliding or falling off the learning curve will not benefit you or your child, so be sure to stay focused and relaxed for both you and your children. Keep in touch with your children’s school teachers and other families. We are all going through the same challenges and they are our best resources. Chances are you will learn a thing or two alongside with them.
Much love and good health to you and your family.