With schools across the country switching to online instruction or even canceling classes for the year, it’s fallen on parents to take over the job of teaching their children. While homeschool parents have seen a relatively minor change in how education works, millions of parents across the country are suddenly left trying to find a way to craft their own curriculums in the midst of a pandemic. Understanding how to build an at-home schedule is the first step to making it through the rest of the school year.
Understand the Every Child is Unique
Every child’s at-home school schedule is going to be different. Your child may be more suited to learning at home than others, or he or she might find the process significantly more difficult. Your own educational background will play a role here, as will the atmosphere of your home. Your goal is not to replicate what the school does, but rather to provide the best educational opportunities for your child.
You are not going to be able to provide the same experience at home as you would in the classroom. For some, the goal has to be to assure that the child doesn’t fall too far behind while out of school. For others, it might be more realistic to focus on a limited range of skills and subjects. This is an unusual situation, so don’t hold yourself to unobtainable standards.
Focus on Education, Not Time
Many parents drive themselves up the wall trying to replicate the traditional school day. While attempting to keep the disruptions to your child’s life minimized is admirable, you should also realize that you’re not beholden to the same schedule. Try to find something that works for both you and your child so that you can maximize the educational experience.
Reach Out for Help
Finally, try to remember that you aren’t in this alone. There are plenty of resources out there that can help, ranging from national education sources to your child’s classroom teacher. If you’re stuck, don’t give up – reach out.