Homeschooling tips for parents working from home

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Millions of UK parents have been thrown into homeschooling as we continue to cope with coronavirus. The situation has prompted fear and a fair amount of anxiety as well as some wonderful moments of fun and learning. Now as we prepare for another stint of homeschool, it’s worth using these top tips and tricks — especially helpful for parents working from home — about how to teach and how kids learn these days.

Homeschooling requires organising and strategising, but every parent can do it! Get your 2021 strategy together with these tips.

8 homeschooling tips for working parents

Make your job as teacher and employee easier with this expert advice from BritMums and fellow parents!

  1. Plan and schedule homeschooling

    Create a homeschooling theme: Luschka at Diary of a First Child has advice for planning and scheduling, sharing how she goes about picking themes and developing ideas. I loved the addition of suggestions for your own themed learning projects!

  2. Be realistic in your homeschooling plans

    We’ve all basically been around the block a little now. Don’t fall into the trap of believing learning at home must now be Bigger/Better/More Awesome/Added Pressure! Integrate techniques and schedules that work for your family and be guided by your previous successes and failures.

  3. Develop a 3-hour homeschool solution

    Don’t fret about creating a huge plan to fully replace your child’s entire school experience. The Simple Homeschool blog has a great 3 hour homeschool solution that addresses anxiety, fears and helps you create a framework.

  4. Include your child in planning

    We have been here before…and your approach can benefit from it. Ask your child which parts of homeschooling they liked best and what that learned from earlier efforts. You can even ask them to plan a learning activity you do together that lets them integrate their homeschool and school-school experience this time round.

  5. Continue to use advice from seasoned homeschooling parents

    Even with the lockdowns of 2020, many of us are still new to this experience. Checking in with seasoned homeschoolers will yield additional insights and keep improving your child’s and your experience! Adele Jarrett Kerr shares her top tips as a home educator. Other ones to check in with include Freddie’s Mummy, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Five Escape the Classroom, Rahmah Muslim Home School, Our Muslim Homeschool and Enchanted Pixie.

  6. Get into a homeschooling routine

    Jenny from Edspire is a longtime member of the BritMums community and a great source of knowledge about homeschooling. She shares her best advice for getting into a teaching routine that makes the other aspects easier.

  7. Focus on a range of different topics

    As a homeschooling parent you have suddenly become an expert (or at least more knowledgeable!) on topics you may have not studied for years. OFamilyLearningTogether has some wonderful resources for teaching younger children subjects like maths, biology, geography and more — we love how practical this advice is.

  8. Acknowledge your time constraints

    Even if the government isn’t speaking directly to the challenge of families juggling parenting, schooling and working all at once, we’ve all noticed: there are only 24 hours in a day. You can’t write a report, take a Zoom call, supervise your child’s worksheets and cook a meal all at once. Some days will be busier for work and that will mean less homeschooling. That’s OK.

More resources for homeschooling parents

Check out this great post by Freddie’s Mummy UK which lists some of the best homeschooling blogs in the UK. The great thing about these is that you’re getting advice from parents who know and have been there rather than a dry official resource!

Let us know about your homeschooling experiences and what you’ve found helpful by leaving a comment below!

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About Claire Ridewood

Claire is a homeschooling mummy to 5 little ladies who is married to her long suffering childhood sweetheart Nick. Together they share their lives with a menagerie of animals from hamsters to horses and lots more in between! She enjoys making the most of time in the great outdoors, curling up with a good book in front of an open fire and dabbling in all things crafty. Her blog is mostly self indulgent ramblings about her adventures as a mum with a good dollop of craft, cooking and old school happiness!

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  1. 29 November 2015 / 13:55

    This is just such a brilliant idea! I think when we were homeschooling, I would have loved to have seen a round up / linky for homeschoolers at that time but i never found one – I did read a few brilliant homeschooling blogs that helped us through the tricky days. We actually started our blog whilst we were homeschooling as a way of recording our homeschool adventures but then found we were too busy most the time to then blog about what we’d been doing!