Homeschooling is a new challenge for many of you for so many different reasons. If you need help or encouragement or simply want to compare notes with others in similar situations please join our zoom groups on Monday and read the top tips provided for us by some of our church family who have been homeschooling for longer.
Homeschooling for younger children
Thursday 14th May- 8pm
Homeschooling for mixed ages
Monday 18th May- 8pm
For parents of children who are struggling or are anxious
Thursday 21st May- 8pm
- Think about the atmosphere in your home – create a calm, relaxed and encouraging place to be.
- Set a time to be ready by on weekday mornings to help establish routine. For example, be dressed, fed and bedrooms tidy by 8.45am.
- Pray together for the day ahead. Read a Bible passage.
- Praise and encourage all effort rather than achievements.
- Make eye-contact with each child – we can easily be distracted and doing other things while answering our children.
- Empower children by letting them make appropriate choices throughout the day – even ‘shall we read a poem first or do spelling?’ or have a choice for lunch or snacktime.
- Have a short list of things to be done during the day, rather than trying to stick to a rigid timetable.
- Fostering a love of learning and a curiosity to find out is more valuable than filling heads with facts.
- Keep any lessons short and focussed, aiming to finish on a success.
- Happy children can learn. If a child is finding something too tricky and distressing, leave it and come back to it another day (I will often pray for a different way to teach or explain).
- With younger children vary the activities. For example, sit doing Maths, then get up and move around, sit and read together, do some craft, play, bake.
- Have a box of everyday craft supplies accessible to the child so they can be creative whenever they are inspired. Pencils, paper, scissors, tape, items from recycling etc.
- Have fun together – you’re still a parent as well as the teacher! Play games, be silly, laugh together.
- Read, read, read!
- Have a family read aloud book. Read only one chapter at a time. This allows time to think about the story and characters. Ask children what they remember from previous chapter before reading again.
- Read to children while they are playing quietly with blocks, dolls, Lego, cars, colouring. No need to be sitting still. Curl up on the sofa to read fiction and non-fiction.
- Read a poem – enjoy the words. Could the child learn a poem and perform it to the family?
- Leave an interesting page of a book open for the child to ‘find’. Children like to discover things for themselves, rather than being told everything.
- Use Audiobooks for children to listen to while they are playing, doing art/craft.
- Establish a quiet time after lunch when everyone can read or play quietly in their bedroom, or another room. This will give you a chance for a breather!
- Put out a jigsaw or simple craft activity sometimes so it’s ready to use, rather than waiting for child to want to do a jigsaw etc.
- If children are engrossed in play or an activity, let them continue if you can. Some children prefer to completely finish a project in one go rather than coming back to it later.
- It’s OK for a child to say they’re bored – they will find something to do!
- Each evening ask the children to think of three specific things they are thankful for that day.
- Enjoy your time together, it will only be for a season.