As COVID-19 continues to affect millions around the globe, countless schools have shut down in the effort to prevent the virus from spreading. And this leaves parents and students alike in confusion – how can education continue in the middle of the pandemic?
It’s just normal to feel anxious about what’s in store for the education of your children. Everybody does. While other families have been homeschooling even before the pandemic started, many parents are still figuring out whether their family can adapt to homeschooling as the new norm in learning.
The first thing to take note is that it is not necessary to copy the schedule of your child at school. Though this is going to be something new for everyone, expect that your child’s lessons will still be provided by teachers. Your role is to assist your child to understand the lessons and determine the expectations for their level. Keep in mind that learning in a traditional setup is different from homeschooling so don’t stress yourself too much if you were not able to meet your goal during the first few days.
Determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses
As they say, nobody knows your child better than you do. Every kid is different so it is essential as a parent to know the kind of learning technique your child needs. For instance, if your kid is not very good in Mathematics, you can incorporate cooking class in teaching fractions and measurements.
Create a schedule
Kids usually need a schedule that they are going to follow just like in traditional school setup. Make sure that you have a daily schedule pinned on the board even before your class starts. The goal is to do the same activities every day, in the same order.
For instance, teach English subject from 10 o’clock to 11:30 in the morning each day and then go on with Mathematics from 11:30 to 12:30 in the afternoon. You can add other subjects such as Science and History to the rest of the afternoon.
Set up a specific space for learning
If you have a spare room at home, you can make it as the ‘classroom’. Decorate it with the way you’d decorate a classroom – with boards, bookshelves, the works. Small space can work too. For instance, turn a part of your living area into a school area. Work with what’s available. The important thing is to have a space where your child can focus while having a class.
Include ‘out of the box’ subjects
Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to teach your child other skills and activities aside from the normal subjects required by the school. Teach them music, art, technology and life skills. This is the best chance to give your child lessons on gardening, baking or cooking.
Take it easy
It is easy for parents to be overwhelmed especially for those who are first time in homeschooling. Avoid pressuring yourself too much. Remember, homeschooling should be productive and fun, not stressful. They don’t need to learn everything today. Learning is a process and children tend to learn better when not forced.
Homeschooling may not be for everybody but with this pandemic, everything is still uncertain. We don’t even know if our children can still go back to the normal school setting so it is best to keep them learning even at home. Homeschooling is a group effort – a family effort. It may have its stresses and challenges but once you get the hang of it, your child will be the one who’s gonna benefit the most.