Whether you have little ones who are in primary school or are at nursery school, the chances are that right now you are teaching your little ones from home at least part of the time. The pandemic has changed everything and has meant that for many parents, home educating has become a part of our lives.
For a lot of parents, home educating has been exceedingly stressful. It’s hard being a teacher when you’re not actually one. It’s stressful making sure that your child is following the curriculum as closely as possible and is keeping up with all of their studies, because the last thing that you want is for them to fall behind their peers.
While it’s great to be concerned for your child’s learning, getting stressed out about it will just make homeschooling all the more difficult for everyone. It’s worth taking the time to get creative with homeschooling, after all as long as your little ones are learning that’s all that matters, right? Take inspiration from full-time homeschoolers who put their own spin on the curriculum and find teaching their kids from home exceedingly fun and rewarding.
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Wondering what it takes to make learning more fun and less stressful? Below are a few tips and suggestions that many full-time homeschoolers swear by – read on for everything that you need to know!
Be flexible with your schedule
It’s easy to think that creating a schedule will make learning from home easier but actually a strict schedule can just cause more stress. Instead of worrying about how long your child should spend on each task, consider taking a more flexible approach to learning.
A tip that many full-time homeschoolers swear by is having a box of cards with different 20 educational activities that need to be completed throughout the week. Each day you let your child select four cards, and those four cards determine what their day will include – the great thing is that every day will be different.
The good news is that with a whole nation homeschooling, there are some fantastic resources available to choose from, so make sure that you are utilising these resources. From using streaming services to educate your little ones on nature via nature documentaries to using the BBC Bitesize website to help with different classes, make sure that you are aware of all of the best resources available and how you can utilise them to make homeschooling a little easier.
Have fun with education
Don’t forget to make learning fun. From acting out real-life scenarios as a learning exercise, such as playing hospitals and learning maths skills through counting out play medication to using slime making to form a science lesson, there are lots of ways you can make learning more fun. You just need to get creative with your approach, that’s all. You can find some fantastic ideas in online family groups and homeschooling groups, as well as via resources like Pinterest, for instance.
Hopefully, the tips and ideas above will help to make home educating a little less stressful and a lot more fun.