With school starting back soon and COVID-related uncertainty abounding, there are many parents contemplating officially homeschooling their kids for the first time this year.
If you’re one of those parents and you’re scrambling for assistance, we’re here to help you out a little. A few of your fellow DFWChild readers (and full-time homeschooling moms) shared some of their thoughts on how to homeschool successfully.
Stick to a schedule. This tip was offered multiple times, so it’s clearly one of the most important factors in making homeschooling successful. With a set schedule, your kids will feel more like they’re actually back in school.
Allow for recess and/or breaks. Just like when kids are physically in school, they need breaks. Plan for recess time or some form of break as part of your daily schedule.
Create checklists. Give your kiddos a checklist that shows everything they need to get done for the day. It will help them stay organized and on top of their assignments.
Work schoolwork into other activities. I love this tip. A friend who was homeschooled for all of elementary and middle school mentioned this tip. For example, her mom read aloud books for English or lit class while the kids folded laundry. School and chores at the same time!
Consider joining a homeschool co-op. While this tip might not be as functional now with COVID, it’s one to keep up your sleeve for the future. Co-ops can provide alternate classes, teachers and opportunities for extracurricular activities as well as social time for your kids. Co-op classes for the young ones tend to be mostly arts and other elective-style classes, while classes for the older groups tend to be more practical, such as writing, science, labs, etc. Many co-ops operate only one day (or two) a week.
Don’t feel like you have to stick with just one curriculum. A few moms mentioned they used multiple curriculums for their kids rather than just one for all subjects. One mom said this gave her the opportunity to really create the best mix for her kids.
Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. One family that homeschooled all five of their kids—yes, five—said creating their own style of school was beneficial for them. For example, they didn’t go with the traditional school year of August–May. Instead, they homeschooled year-round. This allowed them to take breaks or vacations whenever worked for them. They did have to stick with other schedules surrounding co-op classes and extracurricular activities, of course, but creating an avenue for flexibility was extremely useful.
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