Home Schooling for the Non-Home School Parent
01 Apr 2020
For all the moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers who not only unexpectedly have your children home full-time, but are now expected to teach them their school curriculum. We have all been hit with the unexpected due to the Coronavirus, but I post this to try and ease your minds a bit – at least in this area.
- The first bit of information comes from a mom who has homeschooled her son for 7.5 years. She and her son are black belts at our studio. Ms. Ranin Zubi:
“I’ll give you a few things that I think will help to make all of this easy.
1) They can do school anywhere. Sofas, bedrooms, on the floor or in the backyard. It doesn’t have to be at a table or a desk.
2) Take lots of breaks. Enjoy some outdoors every 30 minutes or so. Take energy breaks or exercise brain breaks. It’s important to really recognize when breaks are needed.
3) School does not have to take 6 hours. In fact, it shouldn’t. The average child should be able to finish their work in half that time.
4) Don’t expect to finish everything and expect them to “get it all”. Just go in with one objective and that is it. Play lots and lots of games. Preferably not online. Board games, card games, Bingo, etc… are all learning tools.
- The second person I sought advice from Rhiannon Andrews a California credentialed school teacher who is now distance teaching her students and teaching her two children at home. She has been a teacher for 14 years. Her children are 12 and 7, both of whom are students at our studio.
“Pace yourself, be forgiving of yourself and your time, do everything in small chunks and take breaks. Laugh, remember no one is perfect or has ever done this before so anyway is the right way. If you want to really accomplish something, write it down and check it off. For karate, practice outside. Take a deep breath and listen to the world around you and use that to drive your practice.”
- I got this from one of the Elk Grove Facebook groups.
“As many of you are now facing life at home planning and implementing ideas for keeping your child academically occupied during this time of school closures, I thought I’d share some ideas to make things fun and keep your child(ren)‘s anxiety in check. I am an elementary teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. I also have four (now grown) children.
Here they are for what they are worth:
Education ideas at home in no particular order:
Include your child in baking and cooking (fractions, reading, following directions… double the recipe for even more math)
If you are doing school lessons at home, take frequent breaks or change academic activities frequently —-depending on the child’s age every 15 minutes to every hour. Build in plenty of physical activity.
Have older children read to younger children as both benefit from this.
Minimize screen time— TV or computer time—- (unless it’s an app related to a school textbook …even then no more than an hour a day)
Include board games in your daily routine. (They develop strategy, higher-level thinking, and depending on the game problem-solving.)
Have children write about their day (Younger children love to illustrate the writing which may only be a single sentence, as well.)
If a child is a pre-reader or just beginning to read, begin a stack of cards (writing one word per card) by focusing on just one new word each day. Ideally, this word will come from a sentence they write and illustrate each day. The word would be one from the sentence that they asked you to spell because they did not know how to spell it. You write the word down, and each day they read all the cards to you. The first day it’s one card but the stack they are reading just gets bigger and bigger each day.
Record (make a video with your phone) a child reading a book or a story that they’ve written. (Some kids are hams and this will inspire them to write more and read more.) As a community service or service to your older family members now stuck in their homes, share the video with an elderly person. They are homebound with no social outlet and this will be a welcome respite to their loneliness.)
Perform simple science experiments. (I’ve seen tons from the Dad Lab on Facebook just search Dad Lab in Facebook to find great ideas.)
Start a small garden if you have space or even plant a few edibles in pots.
If you have any other ideas that your own kids have enjoyed or are enjoying, add them in the comments section below. We are all in this together.”
- From another Facebook page.
“This is my plan… Kind of excited.
To the mama whose kids are suddenly home for weeks
From a homeschool mama…
I know this wasn’t in your plan. It’s inconvenient and a bit overwhelming. So here’s my advice, from one homeschool mom to another (temporary) one:
👉🏻 You don’t have to recreate school in your house. Desks and tables are never mandatory in homeschool… in fact, we tend to opt for sitting upside down on a couch or under a tree or even in bed.
👉🏻 Read every day. Read to your kids, with your kids, listen to them read. Read comics and picture books and that book you loved when you were a kid. And when you need some time to yourself, turn on an audiobook – that count too.
👉🏻 Play. Play board games and card games. Play hide and seek and basketball in the driveway. Pull out the Wii that is gathering dust and go bowling in your living room. Have LEGO competitions.
👉🏻 Write letters to grandparents and diary entries documenting your days. Someday their kids will want to hear stories about that time they were stuck at home.
👉🏻 Go on a hike. Stay up late and look at the stars. Plant a garden. Dig up worms. Draw the leaves and flowers and bugs you find.
👉🏻 Make stop motion videos. Watch BBC earth movies and plan an imaginary trip. Discover a new hobby… or resurrect an old one. Order some yarn and learn to finger knit. Paint pictures. Bake bread. They won’t fall behind or stop learning.
👉🏻 Enjoy a slow rhythm together at home… no early morning rushing to catch the bus, no running from activity to activity.
Yes, you might have to guide your kids in some virtual learning. But we homeschool mamas don’t hover over our kids all day long, making sure they’re always on task. Think of this as your chance to let your kids catch up on all the recess, art, music, and gym that have been cut out of your school district. This is your chance to let your kids do the things that get them excited… building forts, designing robots, baking muffins. This is your chance to help them see learning as something that happens ALL DAY LONG, in everything we do. Not just in textbooks and classrooms.
You can do this, mama. I’m cheering you on. 💛💛”
(reposted from Silo & Sage)
- Great advice, I hope you are inspired to try some of these ideas. And remember, most of you have not trained to homeschool. Your children may be as upset as the rest of us for having their schedules demolished, for not being able to socialize with their friends, nor visit other family members. You are dealing with your own stress, so try to make the most positive experience about this time together. Their teachers will understand all of this, and when their students return they will expect to have to put in extra effort to get them up to speed and back to their schedules.
- Remember to spend time exercising, practicing Tae Kwon Do, stretching, meditating!
Our studio, Ajay’s Karate, is a traditional martial arts school teaching the very best in technique along with values that our students will carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Call us today to see for yourself what we do at Ajay’s Karate! (916) 686-3478.
By Lydia Ajay, 4th Degree Black Belt and Co-Owner of Ajay’s Karate, Elk Grove, California.