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Homeschooling Tips

Written by Erin Terry, M.Ed, LCMHC, Behavioral Wellness Therapist

 

Do you find yourself suddenly working from home AND homeschooling your kids? Me too! The COVID-19 pandemic is something none of us imagined having to face in our lifetime. We do not have the tools and resources to navigate through these muddy waters. A lot of us are being asked to carry our usual responsibilities, for example: full-time workload and stay-at-home caregiving, along with providing academic enrichment for our kids since they are out of school until May 15th.  Is anyone else pulling their hair out yet trying to balance all of this?! You are not alone!! First things first, let’s take a minute to take a deep breath and celebrate the resilient Rockstar you are! We will get through this!!

Please know you will be okay. This is temporary. You will not go crazy in this process even though it feels like you might sometimes. Try to remember, this is a perfect time to make memories with your child and to have a more hands-on approach, with opportunities to organize their learning outside of their “normal” school routine. Try to have grace with yourself as a caregiver.  Don’t be rigid with expectations and routines. Allow for flexibility when things come up because this transition is hard on everyone.

When we feel a loss of control, our anxiety spikes. In an attempt to decrease this anxiety, we desperately grasp at anything we can, to try and regain a sense of balance in our life. Some things we just cannot control; like weather, illness, school closings, stay-at-home orders, etc. During these times, it becomes even more important to find things you CAN control. Hopefully, these tools and resources can help you feel a little more control in developing a structure and routine for your child.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00-9:00

Breakfast and Morning Routine

Breakfast and Morning Routine

Breakfast and Morning Routine

Breakfast and Morning Routine

Breakfast and Morning Routine

9:00-10:00

Chores

Chores

Chores

Chores

Chores

10:00-11:00

Math

Reading

Science

Writing

Art

11:00-12:00

Ed. Podcast

Museum Virtual Tour

Music Appreciation

Khan Academy

Astronauts reading stories

12:00-1:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:00-2:00

Outside Play

Outside Play

Outside Play

Outside Play

Outside Play

2:00-4:00

Tech Time (TV or iPad)

Tech Time (TV or iPad)

Tech Time (TV or iPad)

Tech Time (TV or iPad)

Tech Time (TV or iPad)

Step 1: Write down or develop a basic schedule of activities, draw it up and have the kids help. Put it up where everyone can see it. This helps with two working parents who are taking shifts in caring for the kids and working from home. Here is an example that is appropriate for ages Pre-K to 3rd grade — By the way, it might help you feel a sense of relief in knowing kids this age really only need one hour of solid educational instruction a day. The rest can be fun and enriching activities surrounding a variety of topics.

  

Here are some of the tools and resources you can find online to help “homeschool” your child:

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