Due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are facing an unprecedented time in the history of our planet, and many of us have found ourselves suddenly in charge of our children’s education. Fortunately, I have some experience with this, and today I will pass on some of this advice to you.
- Set a schedule for the day. Include time for learning, chores, fresh air, and technology breaks.
This is the chart my family used for summer homeschool a few years ago:
2. Lean on the expertise of others. Your child’s classroom teacher is likely setting up some type of distance learning offerings that you can have your child work on. Also, there are many online programs that are currently offering free extended trials to support parents dealing with this challenging time. Some of my favorites are https://www.raz-kids.com/ and https://www.splashlearn.com/ (No Affiliation With Either Program I Just Love Them.)
3. Look for some non-digital options to enhance your child’s education. Hands-on games and activities are a huge part of what makes classroom teaching effective, and they can be the most enjoyable part of your day. There are loads of options on the website TeachersPayTeachers.com . If you are not sure where to begin, search for things titled, “Task Cards”, “STEM (or STEAM) activity,” “Busy Boxes, ” or “Experiment.” Most resources are affordably priced at less than $3.00, and many are even free. I have Task Cards, Games, and flashcards available in my shop as well.
4. Try out creating a lapbooking project with your children. This homeschooling staple is a fun and hands-on way of organizing knowledge around one particular topic. Read more about it in this post here: http://carrberrycreations.com/lap-books-easy-lapbooking/
5. Teach your child something you know. Do you have a special family recipe? Do you play an instrument? Do you have a hobby? Now is a great time to teach your child something you already know how to do well. Maybe you don’t have a hobby or something you can readily teach your child that’s ok. Maybe now is a great time to learn something new together. Whatever it is, you can probably Google it and find the information you need to get started.
Like most things in life, this new chapter will be what we make of it. Let’s all focus on what we can control, wash our hands, keep our distance, and love our children!
As always please do not hesitate to ask anything I might be able to help you with. #Arisingtideliftsallboats