August 20, 2020 | Home ownership
As September approaches quickly, many parents and children are preparing for the annual start of school. With COVID-19, our city is wondering whether it is right to send their children back to school or not. Regardless of this, the topic of school has also raised the question of how it could best work with homeschooling. Here are 5 tips and tricks for homeschooling:
1. Define a dedicated study room
If you want to create a structured environment and organize things, it is imperative that you partition off a space in your home that serves as a “study space”. Homeschooling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be chaotic and a disorganized workspace is not fun for anyone. Defining a “study room” also reinforces the fact that this room is actually “study time” and that you take a break as soon as you leave the room. This promotes concentration and simulates the classroom feel for you and your children. Before starting homeschooling, set up a classroom with chairs, books, desks, and everything. Get into a routine. That means school starts at 8:00 a.m. by which time you need to be dressed (teeth brushed, hair combed) and ready to start the day.
2. Make a plan
Before the teachers start the school year with your children, they always have the lesson plan of the year set as the guidelines for the curriculum for the year. If you plan ahead, school attendance will go smoothly in the long run as you and the children will benefit from the flow and development of the subjects taught. You can focus on teaching the particular subject and keeping yourself on the right track, resulting in strong and efficient learning for your children.
3. Don’t forget socialization and life skills
If you choose to go to school, be prepared for the inevitable question, “What about socialization?” Engage your children with their community in their COVID-19 bubble. Sign them up for extracurricular activities and connect with other parents in your sphere who also teach their children at home. Zoom calls with other friends are an option. Go on field trips and make sure you include activities where your child needs to learn from the field trip. If you can do this with someone in your COVID-19 bubble, make sure children work in groups together. Make sure that your child’s social needs are met and that there is a peer group.
4. Follow a daily schedule
Without a schedule, it can be easy to get distracted and off track. School provides a high level of routine for children, just as work creates the same routine for adults. Creating a schedule and displaying it to the kids will add to the daily routine as you both get used to the structure. Color-code each school subject on the timetable so you can all easily see which subject or activity you are working on.
5. Make learning a family activity
Learning can be a family affair! When you share the excitement of learning with your children and involve other family members, learning can be fun. Reading together, doing handicrafts, having a family member teach another family member a skill, cooking / baking together, taking a walk in nature, etc. are different ways to incorporate learning into family life.
Whether you want to educate your children during COVID-19, be it home schooling or sending your children back to school, it is important to remember that you must make the decision that you are most comfortable with . It just matters that you are sure of your decision!
If you are planning on home teaching this year and your family is looking for a house with more space, contact us today for a no-obligation discussion about how we can help you on your real estate trip and find the house that best suits you your family!
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