Homeschool Days

 

So, your child's school isn't providing digital learning for the rest of this semester? Don't Panic. You don't have to be superwoman or superman to teach your child effectively. However, you do have to be mentally prepared. 

Three things to consider when preparing: 

1. Give yourself grace. You may not know how your child learns. Take a few days to observe them in everyday scenarios. 

Are they a natural problem solver? Are they creative? Do they like to read? 

These are questions that can help you in your approach to teaching. 

2. Teaching/Learning doesn't have to be at a table. 

I've been a stay at home Mom for six years. One thing I noticed is that Nonah learned exceptionally fast through playing. 

Often, I would incorporate her toys in whatever I was going to teach her that day. Many times I'd start off on the floor with her. She thought I was just "playing" with her toys. However, I'd end up having her dolls learn whatever concept I was teaching for the day lol. 

3. You don't have to set the same time limit on learning everyday. 

Do You remember what it was like when you checked out mentally during a class? The bell rung to dismiss and you had no clue what the teacher was talking about lol. 

It doesn't have to be the same when teaching from home. I want Nonah to be a life long learner. She's a brilliant child, however, she doesn't like to "learn" all the time. 

There are days when she's so excited and she's learning for 3 hours straight. Then there are days when her focused learning capacity is 20 minutes lol. I learned not to be frustrated with the 20 minute days and not feel like a failure.

When a child is excited to learn they are prone to remember what they have been taught. So if it's 20 minutes or 3 hours, all that matters is how effective that time was. Also, sometimes I spread teaching moments out during the day.

I hope these three tips helped a little bit. Be encouraged and make sure you're taking a moment to breathe.

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