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Homeschooling has now not only become cool, but necessary! I homeschooled for over 20 years, so I thought I would offer a little help for those of you who are new to this.

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Homeschooling isn’t impossible, but can be hard. The way to make it easy is to have a plan. I hope most schools are giving an organized and sensible method to teach children. I see some things going on with online teaching that worry me.

Watching a teacher talk into her computer camera is going to be a method that bores many students. They will probably not learn very well during this “homeschool” time. Also, many students don’t even have internet that will enable them to learn at home.

Veteran homeschool moms know that it takes a variety of learning methods to help children learn well. If your children are required to watch a computer screen for all of their classes, I would encourage the parent to spend as much time as you can watching with them.

After the online class is finished, spend a little bit of time discussing the information learned with your child. Ask them questions: Have them summarize the lesson orally to see if they understood it, or ask a question based on what you heard the teacher say. Encourage them to do homework soon after the class. This will help them to answer questions while the information is fresh in their mind.

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Try to help them stay engaged, as best you can. If they are very young, I hope you can provide them plenty of breaks. Let them do some movement: exercise routines, dancing, running through the house or backyard. Try to offer healthy snacks to keep their blood sugar steady.

Make sure they have a designated space for their learning. Find a spot that is quiet and free from distractions. Make sure they have pencils, paper, and a clean desk or table. Turn off the television and put them in a separate space from siblings. Good lighting is also important.

Use a planner to note time for each subject as well as schedule time for homework. Leave time for breaks. If they have projects to work on that may be stretched out over weeks, make a to-do list and calendar so that they can complete the project on time.

If the child is having trouble with a lesson, find out how the online teacher goes about answering questions and giving extra help for a child who is stuck. If this is not always available, use Google and Youtube for some online tutoring or video help.

If your child has options for learning, there are plenty of ways to learn topically. This is a good method for pre-school through 3rd grade. Homeschool moms call this Unit Studies. We take a topic, such as Weather, and have lessons that teach this topic. It’s important to use all of the student’s senses in the plan.

Planning

Here is an example from Education.com. Free Lesson Plans on Weather. You can do this on a number of topics. You’ll find free printables, worksheets, and coloring pages on the internet.

Mrs Mactivity has free and paid education lessons.

Summer Journey Printables is a free set of downloadable pages that you can use as often as you would like. These are great for traveling, nature walks, etc.

Here are some other links that offer Free Printables!

However you homeschool, I wish you the best. Feel free to contact me and ask questions. I will do my best to help you and point you in the right direction. Homeschooling was a wonderful time for me, and I’m thankful that God allowed me to be a homeschool mom!

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman


Lisa Ehrman

Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.

11 Comments

Tamra Phelps · March 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

A lot of parents are now learning how to school their kids at home because of COVID-19. If nothing else good comes from this, I suspect a new respect for teachers will be found.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 20, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    That’s true. They’ll see that it’s much tougher to provide a good education for kids 🙂

Edna Williams · March 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm

Homeschooling isn’t very easy for sure! Thank you for sharing these awesome tips!

    Lisa Ehrman · March 20, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Glad to offer some help to those who need it 🙂

Dana Rodriguez · March 20, 2020 at 12:04 pm

No kids here but I know a lot that could use your ideas. This is a great post full of useful info!

Calvin · March 20, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Home school sounds like a great safe option, especially these unprecedented times.

Tony Platz · April 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for the tips a lot of people are new at this because of the pandemtc all advice is helpfuk.

    Lisa Ehrman · April 2, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I’m glad to be helpful. I’m happy to answer questions from anyone who has them.

Susan Marina Brown Lane · February 15, 2021 at 10:49 pm

My daughter is schooling online with her High School due to Covid. I am so thankful for all of the help the school district has provided. She made all “A”s in Honors and College prep classes first semester!

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