Many parents have expressed concerns about their child's education, resources for homeschooling, and more so we've been working hard with our Future Culture Creators to research and compile information to assist you and your community's. COVID-19 has nearly every household in the world, on a new schedule. One thing Delaware is doing to reduce the spread of the virus, is requiring digital learning from home while the children are not able to attend school. With many parents also working from home, the logistics of this can seem like a nightmare, but with a little guidance, we will be alright.
Homeschooling a child is a great undertaking if you are prepared for it, but it can be even more intimidating if you were thrown into it like so many parents have been, in the last few weeks. What are parents to do if they are trying to homeschool multiple ages of children or even one child?
The best thing parents and family members, can do is relax! It will be okay. You want to do what is best for your child, or children in your community, so it stands to reason that you will do whatever it takes to provide a quality education.
We want to offer five things to do to make homeschooling easier.
Five Things That Help Your Child Transition
1. Free time - they do not go to school 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, and work the entire time. Brain breaks, recreation, other activities take up a very large part of their school day. Minimize screen time with puzzles, books, coloring, and creating.
2. Sleep - They need to keep to a basic schedule, but waking up at 8 instead of 7, isn’t going to break them. Even an occasional 10 or 11 am day will allow them time to catch up on some rest, and allow you time to prepare for the day. Most children are going to have a hard time stopping during the day to rest, so front load nap time!
3. Make a schedule - Routines are good for all kids. You don’t have to schedule down to the minute, but it is wise to give them an order to do tasks and an expected amount of time for completion. Enforcing hygiene during this time is vital. Now is a good time to introduce new ideas like gardening, cooking, music, and art. 4. Variety and creativity are key - All schools are sending home packets of information or allow children to connect to class websites, please check school district websites for required assignments. However, sometimes our kids need additional help. Many of the museums are providing virtual tours. Familiarize yourself with local online resources. We will keep you posted on ways to keep things fun!
5. Get active! - While we may not be able to go to the park, we can still run outside, take a walk, or even dance in the living room. Activity is good for brain development and learning. This is in addition to free time. Encourage running, basketball in front of the house, double dutch in the parking lot, or dancing in the living room.
This is a major adjustment period for all of us as parents, neighbors, and communities, so be kind to yourself and one another. You will make mistakes. Forgive yourself. Keep going. We will all get through this one day at the time.