Just because your kids aren’t at school there is no reason that their education has to stop and there are so many resources which you can find for kids of all ages to keep learning. Home schooling is not easy, made easier admittedly by the schools providing some great study materials for the kids. Even the my youngest’s PLAY Preschool Silverlake have been sending out lots of bits and pieces for her to ensure that she continues to engage and keeps her development going.
If you are working with your kids at home, ensuring that they keep up their education then here are some tips which I have bee doing that have helped a great deal.
Honestly I have learned so much myself during this time and that is because I have been brushing up on certain subjects the night before teaching the kids. What I have found is that if the kids think that I don’t know what I’m talking about, which was certainly the case in the first few weeks, then they pay less attention. To prevent this from happening I would spend 30 minutes or so having a glance over the next day’s topics so that I could be ready when they had questions, which of course they always do.
Juggling work and teaching is very difficult, but thankfully my husband and I have just about worked out how to do it. I must stress that the key here is to change your times rather than the times of the kids, and whilst that is more difficult it certainly helps the kids to focus more. We are creatures of habit and kids more so than others because they have so little to focus on in their lives compared with adults, and that is why it is essential that you try your best to stick to the same times for ‘school’ each day.
I have to be honest I really hate the incentive thing which many parents say works wonders, and I always try to only give the kids stuff based on merit, or perhaps just because I love them. during this home schooling however, I am one of the biggest proponents of giving incentives in exchange for their time and their concentration. If they are not super focused then the whole ordeal will take much more time and that takes time away from my own work, or keeping the house going, cooking cleaning etc.
My final tip is to ensure that each day there is a portion of the lesson which involves the kids sitting down and watching some kind of media or a class. This time is going to be crucial for you to get somethings done and kids will engage very quickly. Don’t make the whole lesson like this, just a fraction of it to buy you some time to get yourself organized.
Good luck out there mums and dads.
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