Homeschooling is now seriously being considered by many parents according to a USA Today/Ipsos national poll.
About 6 in 10 Americans say they want to pursue homeschooling for their children instead of sending them to school with face-to-face interaction.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom meetings, and distance learning have become the new normal.
Would you still want to send your kids to school without a vaccine available in the market?
In some states, governors are saying that they plan to reopen schools.
Let’s say children will be sent to school and they’ll be wearing masks and they’ll be supervised to practice social distancing. Still, will they be safer?
Let’s face it: kids will be kids. It’s impossible for them to not accidentally touch each other, especially during playtime. Currently, it is still unclear when it will be safe for them to participate in face-to-face learning.
As a parent, your child’s life is far more important than sending them to school. Some parents who don’t have time to teach their kids at home have even considered skipping the school year.
If you’re considering homeschooling your kids here are some quintessential things you need to know:
You need to give a significant amount of time and effort
You must act as their teacher and your home is the school. This can take up a substantial amount of time and energy.
Patience is key
It’s okay, I hear you, momma. Not all of us are gifted with patience to teach distracted kids who would rather play than study.
However, with homeschooling, patience is crucial and if you have it, you and your kid are more likely to succeed and finish the school year being more closer together rather than hating each other. Both possibilities exist.
Homeschooling means you need to carve out some “me” time
The truth is, it will be tedious and exhausting. But it’s totally worth it because you’ll be saving your child from a strong possibility of contracting a serious virus.
It goes without saying that you should not forget to take care and nurture yourself, as well. Keep your sanity intact despite the circumstances by carving out some “me” time. Give your self a break each day, or if not, at least once a week.
Your kid(s) will have limited social interaction and physical activity
Unless you include physical education in your homeschool curriculum, physical activities will be limited during homeschooling. If you have a backyard, you can buy a trampoline or play some indoor football. Exercise is not just good for your kids but for you, too!
You will have control over what to teach your child
We’re not advocating that you use your own curriculum but you can definitely add and tailor it to fit your needs as a parent and your child’s needs.
In traditional schools, kids are expected to listen, read, and do activities by mostly sitting all day and listening to a teacher talk. With homeschooling, you can include activities based on your child’s personality.
For example, you can incorporate playtime or arts and crafts depending on what your child wants. Also, you can focus on the subjects that require more attention for your child.
Use your creativity to keep learning interesting and fun for your child.
With homeschooling, you have control over the pace of learning
In a traditional school, there is often unspoken anxiety for parents that their children may be left behind. For example, the class is discussing a topic that’s not ultimately clear for the child, a teacher won’t go back and forth just to focus on one child who’s left behind; they are much more likely to move on to the next topic.
With homeschooling, this can never happen. You can closely monitor your child’s progress and move on to the next only when your child fully understands the topic.
You can see and monitor what your children eat
Do you have a picky eater? How sure are you that he/she eats properly in school?
By homeschooling your child you can prepare healthy and nutritious meals that your kid will surely like. You know your child better than anyone!
Schedules are flexible
This is one of the best parts of homeschooling. Yet, it is one of the most challenging, as well. You have control over the time you will spend studying and what time will you start and end the class. However, this setup is prone to procrastination.
Remember, as a parent, you will lead. Once you get through this and you are able to set up a system, your efforts will train your child to be more responsible.
And remember, just because you study at home doesn’t mean they get to slack off. If he/she learns this early on, this would be a valuable lesson you can impart to your child.