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If you are like many parents, your kids are on an unexpected extended break or trying distance learning for the first time.
May 17, 2020 09:00am

If you are like many parents, your kids are on an unexpected extended break or trying distance learning for the first time. Wondering what this will mean? Even if the schools provide online learning options, will you be able to work with them on the computer each day and have the proper place to learn?

If you can’t create a designated school room, you just need to know where and when you can work. In the kitchen? At the dining room table? In the living room making use of a coffee table?

Regardless of the designated areas you choose here are some homeschooling tips during coronavirus from Life Kit section of NPR :

Know your kid. Strong learners can do even better independently, but weaker learners may really struggle. Different kids will do best in different learning environments. If your child learns better in groups, try a Zoom study session with a fellow classmate. The older kids are, the longer they may be able to work on their own.

This is a good time for passion projects. Ana Homayoun, an educational coach for students in the Bay Area, says this is a good time for kids to pursue interests they haven't had time to focus on in the past. It could be cooking, building in Minecraft, or drawing. Bonus: If it's something they're truly interested in, you won't have to bug them to do it.

Free online resources are amazing but just the beginning. Don't get bogged down by the flood of downloadable PDFs and lesson plans available online. If you're working from home yourself, they can be especially overwhelming. Instead, find a couple of resources that work and build from there. Prioritize your kid's greatest need and then their biggest interest or passion. Grandparents and family friends are volunteering to lead activities like storytime and craft sessions.

Set up designated space and time for learning. Kids may need to move around during the day. Homeschoolers don't teach seven hours straight a day. Shoot for two to four good academic hours instead. And don't forget to get outside — learning happens outdoors too.

Be forgiving of yourself and your kid. This is a very stressful time. If you need to put on a movie to get through the day, that's absolutely fine. Homayoun says, "You don't have to homeschool if it's really going to cause severe emotional distress for everyone involved. And I think that's really important for parents to hear right now because we all feel so much personal pressure."

Although it is important to keep up with your children’s schoolwork, either online or on paper, it’s even more important to keep them on a routine. Have them get up at the same time Monday through Friday, and keep a reasonable bedtime. Set a schedule of when they will read, when they will do math, when they will have free time, meals and physical activity. Good luck!

Claudio Robertson
Financial Expert at Multitaskr