At the start of the pandemic, most of us weren’t prepared to homeschool our children. Parents all over the world had to become teachers overnight, while also juggling work and other commitments. Although most of us have been homeschooling for quite a while now, we could all use any extra help when it comes to making learning at home easier. We’ve gathered a few ways to make this unconventional educational experience better and easier for you and your kids!
1. Set Up a Special, Designated Space Just for Them
Obviously, learning from home is already going to be challenging for you and your little one. However, by having a space in your home specifically for their “homeschooling”, they’ll likely have an improved ability to focus. Free from their toys, unnecessary screens, and distractions, this space should encourage them to stay present and concentrate on the task at hand.
Additionally, having their own “learning area” that’s special and just for them might make homeschooling seem more fun and novel! While this space shouldn’t be distracting, allowing your child to have one or two of their favorite stuffed animals or other comforting toys can make this unconventional setting easier to adapt to.
2. Create a Schedule That Will Help Your Child Succeed
Nobody knows your child better than you, and just as homeschooling looks different for everyone, so should your child’s schedule. If you know that they focus better in the mornings, structure their lessons earlier to avoid the midday crash. Obviously, this has to be within reason and is also affected by your work schedule, as well as countless other factors.
Sticking to a routine will not only make your life easier, but it will also help your child know what to expect every day. Here at BümoBrain, we offer countless classes throughout the day so you can choose what best suits your schedule. Whether your little one would prefer learning in the morning, afternoon, or evening, we have something for them!
3. Make it Fun!
In a traditional classroom environment, your child would be spending time with their friends, playing games, and learning in a structured, but fun, setting. Now that they have to learn while sitting in front of a screen, you have to make more of a conscious effort to try and make this version of learning as fun for them as possible. Children usually don’t have very long attention spans, so sitting still for long periods of time will be challenging for them, as well as detrimental to their focus and productivity.
Play and movement are both essential to a child’s learning, which you can learn more about, here. Maybe after 30 minutes of learning, you and your child have a short dance party or complete a fun, hands-on activity – whatever works best! All of BümoBrain’s 65+ Live Online classes are so impactful because they combine education with lots of engaging fun, so your child can connect with their peers and learn various new concepts while still being homeschooled.
Just as much as none of us were prepared for the pandemic and subsequent life adjustments, neither were our children. Although homeschooling, as well as life in general, can be frustrating right now, remember to exercise patience with your little ones. Helping them succeed will make both of you feel better during these challenging times.