When you don’t know where to start when thrusted into homeschooling
Since our lives has melted into one lump so to speak. We can restart by building a culture of learning in our homes. As days began to look like ground hog day. One day blending into one another. It was important to chart our day from beginning to end. And, yes…pin that daily schedule up so everyone can see..
It could be an exciting time with the right perspective. I began to think about what values I really want to instill in my child. As when you shuffle them off to school. It can be a loss of translation that can intercede. But, now you can regain your authority and power back over your child’s learning. Look at everything as a learning experience from sorting laundry, math calculations in grocery shopping.
The possibilities are endless..
This process and adjustment is frustrating when you were put in a situation that you haven’t even expected to be involved in.
Create A Schedule/ Chart for the Day
After the pandemic hit us, I was a bit unorganized and unable to navigate balancing work and school in the same place at the same time. Having a child that’s in the early learning stages. I knew the importance of establishing a routine. Especially, sticking to it! And, establishing the same blocks of activities that could rotate in and out. After doing some researching, I found a blogger that had a great system. When I stumbled on Jady A., it helped me so much! She has a strong YouTube channel and her website is http://jadyalvarez.com . She had great downloadable which I used to create routine charts that changed our homeschool world!
Contact Your School’s Superintendent
If you have a older child, you decided to keep them home. I found that through some digging that it’s important to contact the School District or the School’s Superintendent. This way you can find out directly what benchmarks you would need to hit to keep your child on track.
Research Curriculum Online
As you may be trying to pull together various pieces from online to great finds at the Dollar Tree! It’s important to find curriculum box sets. These box sets are a time saver when you are structuring your weekly or monthly lesson planning. I have even found some great box sets at Costco!
Create A Documentation System
When you are homeschooling it’s important to establish a documentation system for your child. This will keep you on track and accountable as you establish proof of what you have taught your child over time.
It’s important to reach out to establish a community with other homeschooling families. As you are going into new unknown territory. It’s nice to connect with families that may can give you resources, pointers in building boundaries with your homeschooled child and establish opportunities for socialization that you haven’t considered.
Research Tutors or Co-op’s
This a game changer as you may see yourself as a teacher. But, I would like to see myself as a guide that creates a atmosphere of learning in everything that you infuse with your child. You may not have strength in math or some other subject. It’s nice to be able to dig into your bag of resources on hand. Which can help when you feel like you are drowning in your new homeschooling world.
Keep Your Eyes Open for Tools, Resources & Text
Always keep your eyes open for new tools and text that could enrich the structure you have already established. You may want to add S.T.E.A.M. to your budding engineer student. So, you could spark a new excitement in learning that they haven’t even thought of before….
I’m not expert in a long shot. But, I wanted to share some tips and tricks that I have created that has worked for our household. I hope that some of these tips and tricks will work for you in your homeschooling journey.
This process and adjustment is frustrating when you were put in a situation that you haven’t even expected to be involved in. But, once you establish your system and routine. Your young learner will hit the ground running in no time.
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