With schools around the world temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are finding themselves taking on the role of teacher for the first time. Many schools are providing online classes for kids to take from home, but parents are expected to be on hand to help with homework, questions, and making sure that kids are sticking to a good routine.
Of course, academic achievement isn’t the biggest concern for many families right now. We’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and many kids are confused as to why they can’t go to school or see their friends. If you’re trying to homeschool while on lockdown, keep these tips in mind:
Take It Easy:
The world is in a state of uncertainty right now and most kids are affected. That’s why taking it easy is important here. Don’t worry too much if your child is learning in their pajamas or starts a bit later in the morning than they usually would. While sticking to a routine is important for health and wellness, there’s no need to expect your home to operate in the same way that a school would.
Explore New Things:
Now is a great time to explore new things and help your child figure out what it is that they actually enjoy learning about. Get some fun learning games like Skillastics sets in and spend some time having fun with homemade science experiments, writing stories or creating art. If there’s something that your child has been wanting to learn for a while that isn’t available through the school curriculum, take advantage of the many online programs available at bargain prices right now.
Learn Practical Things:
Don’t forget that learning isn’t purely academic! While you’re all at home during the lockdown, it’s a great time to teach your child about numerous practical things that will help them develop good life skills for the future. For example, you could spend some time together cooking family meals and teach your child how to make their favorite dish. Or, redecorate their room together so that they can learn how to do things like paint or hang wallpaper. Check out these ideas to keep kids busy.
For most kids, one of the biggest things that they will miss about school is getting to see their friends every day. But the good news is that staying in touch with your social circle has never been easier. Make sure that your child is able to continue nurturing the relationships with his or her friends and staying in touch with them regularly. If they have a smartphone or tablet, apps like Houseparty are great for group video calls with friends where they can play games together and socialize without having to come into physical contact.
If you can, now is a great time to teach your child about the joys of helping the less fortunate. This pandemic has affected some more than others and there are plenty of ways that you can give back to the community as a family. Simply posting a note to an elderly neighbor to ask if they need any groceries dropping off can be very rewarding.
Suddenly, most parents have found themselves thrust into the alien world of homeschooling, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your child better and teach them things that you may not normally have the chance to.