Here’s the reality.
Your child is not used to you being their classroom teacher. They’re used to a completely different person with a different personality, a different set of physical characteristics, a different tone and volume of voice…everything about you is different.
The first week we started homeschool in the Weidemann household, Rooney got up during her first English Language Arts lesson and yelled, “You’re not doing the letters like Ms. Jazzy does it!” and scampered off to her bedroom. Granted, she hadn’t seen her preschool teacher in months, but she was still set off by the fact that what she knew and what felt normal with her former teacher was not happening at our kitchen table. 🙂
Your kids are used to a different human being managing their classroom and all its ins and outs. Yes. So, the question becomes, “How can you adapt your kids to this new situation and take on the role of educator in your home? What does that actually look like?”
Here are my four tips for helping your kids adapt to learning at home. When you use all four together, that’s the secret to at-home learning success.
1. Take it slow. Think tortoise, not hare. In general, life has slowed wayyyyyy down while your family switches gears and gets used to the new normal, and that is totally fine. I know for some of you go-gettery moms that’s a tough one to swallow. Trust me I know.
In the spirit of practical thinking, you’re already not rushing out of the house to make it to school on time. So there’s no real reason to set an early alarm and wake everybody up to grab all their gear and scoot out the door.
Encourage your family to settle into a slower pace, they will thank you in the long run —if you use this time to prepare to settle into a new way of doing things.
2. Encourage your child to see every day as a fresh opportunity. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s a disappointment. Sometimes, what we actually happens is better than what we expected!
Each day moves you to new possibilities, greater health and healing, and a stronger sense of togetherness as a family. Be thankful together for these wonderful opportunities.
3. Set expectations, but be flexible. I can guarantee that learning at home is not going to look the way you first imagined it. Each day brings with it a totally new set of challenges, for you and for your students.
Set and agree together on clear expectations and assess often the parameters you’ve set so that you can identify what’s working and change what’s not. Trust me, this is the key to maintaining your peace, sanity, and the willingness of all parties to continue forward.
4. Allow your children to help drive the change. Give them as much ownership as possible. Invite your kids to list the things that are most important to them to have as a part of their homeschooling experience.
Maybe they want to be allowed to sleep as late as they need to each day, or study on the floor instead of at a desk, or choose the order of their subjects each day. Let them help in differentiating this new adventure from their previous experiences.
Have an awesome day!
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