Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have, of course, been forced to close all over the planet. Now, some children have spent the entire time off by doing very little and getting away with slacking off. The majority, however, have been doing pieces of work from home – pieces that have been set by their teacher(s). While the teachers cannot be present in each student’s home, they can certainly rely on the parents to help them succeed and give them the best chance in their schooling.
If you’re in this predicament, then you know full-well that this little part-time home-school job you now have can be a little tedious – unless you’re already a teacher, of course! In that case, it comes easy for you, huh? For the majority of other parents, however, this is entirely new and awkward. Fear not, though, as you WILL get through all of this and come out the other side by doing a great job. Here are just a few things you can do to get the best out of your home-schooling skills:
Look At How Professionals Do It
The chances are that you’re not going to know the first thing about teaching your child. Sure, you’ve taught them a lot in terms of life skills and giving them some life experiences, but not in terms of academics. Fortunately, we can hop online and look at videos and articles explaining how best to teach. We’re living in a pretty blessed time where we can learn whatever we want in a matter of seconds thanks to the internet. You can download different worksheets and lesson plans (learn more) online thanks to some very kind individuals and groups. If you keep following what the experts say, then you should be fine!
Create A Solid Plan And Routine
Some people hate the idea of being tied to a routine as it makes them feel as though they’ll get stuck in a rut or a comfort zone. When it comes to studying, though, it provides a great foundation to work with. If you have a solid set of working hours, then you have a guideline to work with. You’ll also be able to structure certain subjects at certain times in order to get everything in.
Enjoy The Time
You shouldn’t see this as an issue. Sure, it’s not what you expected to be doing this time last year, but we’re here now, so we may as well enjoy it as much as we can. Take the positives from this entire situation and learn as you go. If you act positively and are happy with this entire setup, then the chances are that your child will also see this situation as a positive. When they’re happy and bubbly, they get more done and will be more inclined to work with you.
Work In A Proper Environment
Don’t allow them to work while on the sofa in front of the TV. Don’t allow them to work in their bedroom. Sit them down at the table or in a home office (if you have one). If they’re surrounded by productive and work-related things, then they’ll be more inclined to keep their head down and actually work. It’s surprising how small distractions can turn into massive ones.