“Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.” – Shandra Rhimes
School is in session in homes across America. Parents are overwhelmed and underprepared for their new roles. They are managing their work at home and “teaching” their kiddos. Here are ideas and resources to help you navigate this new challenge.
In the first few weeks, teachers are setting up virtual classrooms and getting prepared. Right now parents need to establish routines that promote learning. It’s most important to set up daily routines like bedtimes and getting ready for the day. Keep to your usual times for both your kiddos and you. You will be better prepared to manage the ups and downs that come with new challenges. Your kiddos will be more resilient to this change.
Here are some resources to reinforce your ideas about routines.
Learning at home is a whole new element to you and your child. Online learning can be positive because of fewer distractions and easier focus. Kiddos are drawn to computers.
- Set up an environment for your child to keep focused. Creating multiples spots to sit comfortably with a laptop (not in bed) will make learning happen.
- Comfortable headphones help with focus. These can be earbuds, airpods, or headphones.
- Online learning could be consolidated with a single calendar such as Schoology. Be sure your kiddo is looking at it daily like traditional school to keep up with assignments.
Acknowledge your child’s strengths
Parents know their kids strengths and challenges. Teachers often send different choices to do similar concepts. Distinguish what is required and what has options. Offer alternatives to assignments that are real life experiences. Baking with measurement or playing the Game of Life and being the banker are ways to experience math.
Along these lines, children with special needs and special education plans may need more diverse learning. In this interim time with schooling, check in with Additudemag.com, Understood.org and your child’s teacher to learn more ways to teach a skill.
Always include downtime
Your new schedule will include recess twice a day. Take advantage of outside time for your kiddo to run and play. As the teacher, take this time for yourself too.
Individual work time can be time to read a book, time to work with crafts or time to work independently on a school related online resource. Independent work sets your child up to know more about their own strengths too.
Adjusting your expectations
Take the pressure off yourself as a parent during the COVID-19 outbreak. You have been your child’s first teacher and continue to be successful doing the work of nurturing, supporting and educating. You are doing amazing work so keep it up!