By now we have all recognised that we have a homeschooling style, whether laid-back, super-scheduler or somewhere in between. As parents we’re getting deluged with tips, advice, constructive criticism and expectations from an array of sources telling us the best way to do it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. (Come share your experiences with us on Twitter on Monday 4 May at 13:00-14:00 at the #HomeSchoolResources chat!)
Learning Resources recognises that each family must take their own approach, one that works for them. That means combining your particular style with the things that support learning and fun in your family: things like printables, activities and playtime to keep everyone’s interest and energy up (especially harried parents!). Learning Resources is the #1 resource to spark your child’s curiosity and encourage learning through hands-on play. Find ideas for home learning, science discovery, coding, teaching, STEM, printables and more from Learning Resources’ award-winning educational toys, games and classroom essentials.
Use these easy suggestions to make homeschooling better by embracing your style and making it work for you.
Kids grasp subjects more easily when they… grasp the subjects actually. It’s an approach Learning Resources champions with its hands-on educational toys, games and learning activities. Subjects like maths & counting are brought to life through play. Science takes on new meaning.
2. Realise ‘learning’ takes many forms
It’s not all about the worksheet, the chalkboard and the schedule. Kids are learning and developing all the time, and continuously absorbing knowledge. Relish the little moments when they understand and grow, not just the ones at the desk.
3. Think of homeschooling as ‘little & often’
Small daily activities cement lessons and bite-size elements are manageable for kids of all ages. For example, starting the day by counting up to 10 and down again makes learning numbers a snap, and you avoid arguments about it as it becomes part of the routine.
4. Make it real
Love cooking? Making cookies is an opportunity do fractions, counting and improve motor skills through activities such as stirring or handling scissors to cut paper to line the pan. Time in the garden can lay down understanding of concepts like photosynthesis, reproduction or ecology.
Writers talk about this rule. Homeschoolers can use it too. Beans, props, games, music – employ specialist tools or what you have to show your lessons.
6. Make it physical
Encourage your children to move their bodies, either during lessons that employ actions or during little breaks in between. For example, have them jump in the air to odd numbers as you call them out, clap whenever they hear the noun in the sentence. Use a die to determine how many star jumps they have to do before the next lesson.
7. Celebrate the quick wins
Not every day is going to be full of awesome ground-breaking accomplishments. Celebrate the small things that both you and your children achieve in home learning to make the overall experience more positive.
8. Let them teach you
Every day you get up and tell your children what to do. Switch things up by turning the tables. Now they have to teach you their favourite subject. Perhaps that’s something academic like coding or it could be the best way to play their favourite game. Letting them teach you empowers your child for all types of learning.
Talking about the choices we make in everyday life helps kids become ethical and moral grownups. The lockdown offers ample opportunity to talk about doing the right things for our communities and about our responsibilities to other people and ourselves. Even a trip to the grocery store can turn into a valuable lesson.
10. Give yourself and your child a break
Frustrated? Angry? Finding it hard to get motivated? Hey, it’s natural. These are not normal times so we don’t have to act completely normally at all times. If today isn’t so good, tomorrow can be better.
11. Praise is good but only real praise
Encourage your children to do the work, praise when they’ve achieved a goal and make it mean something. They’ll notice and work harder for you and themselves. Often low-key praise can be the way to go: ‘I like how you’re working there’ said when they’re paying attention to the lesson and doing their best. Praise can be combined with delayed gratification, such as providing tick marks that add up to an edible treat or a fun game at the end of the day.
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