Homeschooling Tips for Beginners
With summer coming to an end and September quickly approaching us, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed with the decision of whether or not you will be sending your children back to school.
For families who decide learning at home is the best option for their children, here are some pro tips to help you make this transition a little easier:
Create a Designated Learning Space
Homeschooling can be an extremely rewarding experience for both you and your child. There are many things you can do to ensure the success of your efforts. Being in a home setting can spark multiple distractions to your child. The best way to set your child up for success is by creating a designated learning environment. Get creative with this space by adding some educational posters, vibrant colours, and inviting quotes.
Set Learning Goals Together
One of the benefits of homeschooling is that it gives your child the opportunity to customize their education. As the teacher, start off by highlighting some key learning objectives for your child. Once these have been established, sit down with your child to get their input.
Follow a Daily Schedule
Planning your lessons ahead of time will give your child the basic structure and routine that will help them succeed. Some important things to include in your schedule are “recess” breaks, a lunch hour and some quiet reading time. Plan subjects such as math and language to take up around 90 minutes, and schedule them for mornings when children are most attentive.
Take Learning Beyond the Classroom
Look for opportunities beyond textbooks. Activities that provide great educational possibilities include:
- Board Games such as Scrabble or Monopoly
- Household management skills such as beginner repairs, simple budgeting, or laundry
- Sending emails to family members