The continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools across the UK to shut down for an extended period, leaving parents like you to assist their children in completing virtual learning programmes for summer term. Nevertheless, balancing your own remote work and other household responsibilities with homeschooling your kids can be daunting task.
Consider the following best practices for homeschooling your children during these unprecedented times:
- Explain the situation—Because most children typically associate being home with school holidays, your kids might be confused by their new learning environment. Be sure to explain the current situation as best you can to them—specifically, emphasise why it’s important to continue their education at home during this time.
- Set a routine—While it doesn’t have to be identical to their usual school routine, make sure you set a daily learning schedule with your children that accounts for all necessary topics, projects and assignments. Ensure that your kids understand this routine by creating a physical calendar for them to reference. Doing so will help them stay on task and further normalise the situation.
- Establish a designated area—In addition to creating a set routine, it’s important to determine a designated ‘school’ area within your home for your children to associate with learning. This practice will not only benefit your kids, but also allow you to easily distance yourself from them when you need to focus on other tasks (eg remote work or chores).
- Stay connected—Remember that you aren’t alone in homeschooling your children for the first time. Don’t forget to utilise online learning resources, communicate regularly with your children’s teachers and reach out to other parents for additional support. Further, try to keep your children socially connected by having them video chat their friends and peers—even if it’s just to say ‘hello.’
- Share progress reports—Make sure you establish learning goals for your children and routinely assess their progress. Share these assessments with your kids and make adjustments as needed to ensure they meet their educational benchmarks.
Get creative—Make the most of homeschooling your children by implementing creative learning activities. This could include playing educational games, watching supplemental videos or movies, conducting at-home science experiments and going on virtual tours of local art museums or galleries.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content from Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.