Updated: Sep 8, 2020
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I want to help you not only survive but THRIVE during this school year! I reached out to teachers and homeschooling mamas to collect the best tips, tricks and secrets.
Transitioning into distance learning has been tough. Parents and children are having to adapt and overcome challenges. I am a firm believer that we can still make this a great school year. If something is not working for you, adapt, think outside of the box and work on making it better!
The kids miss their friends, they have trouble focusing on a screen and it’s a fight to get them to finish their work on time. I know that you are smart, determined and can achieve anything! The beginning of the school year may have gotten off to a rocky start, but with these tips you will be able to find your flow.
LESSONS From 6 Experts
Leslie K: She has a decade of experience (and counting) working with kids as a nanny and an early childhood educator.
“Give the kids and parents a break from homeschooling and screen time. Learn something new, meet others and socialize online”
Meggen Loew: Homeschooling Mama of about 7 years. “My biggest advice for new to home schooling is homeschool doesn’t and shouldn’t look like public school. It doesn’t take as long by a long shot It’s not all sunshine and rainbows so give yourself grace to close the “text books” and spend quality time as a family” https://www.mommabearschool.com/
Andrea Blue: helps students, parents, church leaders, and organizational leaders create a plan for success that changes lives forever!
“Be patient and remember that your kids do not want to be stuck with you either. They miss their friends and you are not their friend. Give your child some grace”
Cindra Harris McCoy: Mother and business owner helping build kid’s confidence through art.
“Find pockets of joy for your child. Incorporate creativity as a break from the core subjects.
For art 👉 https://guide-dots.com/free-trial/”
Stephanie Reissner: teaches courses for middle and high school students on study skills and transition skills.
“ My advice is to keep routines as much as possible (first day of school pictures, packing lunches, picking out clothes the night before, ect), and have an organized space for school (even if it’s the dining room table)” https://outschool.com/teachers/Stephanie-Reissner-Ed-D?follow=true&fbclid=IwAR3NB7FQexmxNwXYlxe_0QuEC4nr2_qLfGwiwi1RNPKkg2Bb1ZYoQz62t5c#abkeab84e3
Elizabeth Singler: Homeschool Mama
“I think the biggest thing is to breathe. Remember that it's possible. Write a daily plan to get started”
Be patient with yourself and your child. We are quickly rounding 6 months of social distancing. Letting go of how we wish it was and focusing on what we can do today will help you and your family find some joy and gratitude with this new normal.
Enjoy having time for family dinners, game nights or movie nights.
With working remote and virtual learning, your family may have the flexibility to travel or spend extended periods with family in other cities or states.
Finding new hobbies will not only help keep your kids busy but can also bring joy and introduce them to new lifelong passions.
Check out virtual classes for art, music, programming, and languages. Even dance and martial arts are offering virtual classes.
Creating a daily routine will help your children know what to expect and when. This will lower your children’s stress levels and make it easier to get chores done around the house.
Create a daily routine by using a planner like this daily chore chart
Help your child manage their time and keep track of their schedule with this free planner
It is important to remember that we are creating life lessons, ones that our children will carry with them, and build on. What a wonderful time to show them self-care, time management, and how to ask for help when needed.
You are 100% in control of making the best of a bad situation. How empowering does that feel?
Remember to be patient with yourself. The fact that you are reading this article means that you are a good parent.
Be Gentle with yourself, Be Brave and Stay Curious.
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