Is your school district enabling a virtual learning or hybrid learning plan this semester? Or maybe you’ve decided to give homeschool learning a shot.
Homeschooling kids can feel overwhelming—especially if you hadn’t planned to do so. Whether your kids are distance learning for the foreseeable future or they’re beginning a new path and homeschooling, it can feel like a challenge to keep your kids on task, answer everyone’s questions and ensure that no one falls behind with their curriculum.
So how can you stay organized? If you’re working from home while your kids are learning from home, how can you possibly keep your whole family on track?
There are all sorts of homeschooling benefits your child can experience if you plan for it. Here are five ways that you can keep the whole family organized while you’re homeschooling:
1. Find a Great Place to Learn
A workspace that may have worked for a little bit of homework each night may not be as conducive to a full day of homeschool learning. A busy kitchen probably isn’t the best environment for homeschooling.
Set up a location in your home for your child that is dedicated to school-focused activities. This space should be free of distractions and have strong internet connectivity.
Other considerations for creating a homeschooling space that actually helps with the learning process?
- Find ways to boost natural lighting, or add a desk lamp for a bright space where your child can stay attentive.
- Use a straight-backed chair. Swivel chairs quickly can become a distraction, so replace it with a stationary chair that will keep your child’s focus on their assignments.
- Create a home for all your child’s supplies. A desk strewn with pencils, calculators, papers and other supplies isn’t a great learning environment. Add jars for pencils, hooks for hanging up headphones and charging stations to keep your kids’ supplies clutter free.
2. Start and End the Day With a Check-in
Try beginning and ending each day by checking in with your child. This will help your child set priorities for the day.
Beginning the School Day
Before diving into homeschooling for the day, jumpstart the learning process by running through the day’s lesson plans and learning responsibilities. Go over your homeschooling lesson plans, then check in with your child and ask the following questions:
- What classes or subjects do you need to tackle today?
- Do you have any tests, quizzes or other assessments to do?
- How are you going to spend your time?
- What resources do you need to get everything accomplished?
- What can I do to help you?
Ending the School Day
Just because your child’s schoolwork might be done for the day doesn’t mean they’re definitely finished. You can help end the school day with the ritual of checking in and also ensure that everything that was supposed to get done actually is done.
This is also a great way to show your kids that you’re excited about what they are doing. Questions might include:
- How far did you get with your learning tasks today?
- What did you discover or learn today?
- What was hard about your schoolwork today?
- What can we do to make tomorrow better?
By asking these questions, you show your child that you’re interested and invested in their learning, and you can uncover where they might be struggling. It’s also a great way to develop self-management skills. If your child has a particularly hard time staying on track or knowing what to work on next, you also can help by creating a checklist for them at the start of each day.
3. Stay Active
Kids aren’t ready to sit at a desk all day plugging away at their work on a computer; they can’t focus that long. If your kids are Zooming into their classes, you may already know that Zoom fatigue is just as real for students as it is for adults.
To combat the drain of Zoom class meetings and learning on your own, encourage regular breaks—even just a few minutes—to get active. Have your kids get up, stretch and move around to avoid feeling worn down.
And if there’s time between classes or your family is working on their own schedule? Build in recess time so your child can go outside and run around or go for a quick bike ride or take a kids’ yoga class online.
4. Create a Routine
The biggest factor in keeping your kids on track is to create a schedule—then stick to it. Having a routine adds a little bit of normalcy even when things don’t feel quite so normal. Especially for your teenage kids, who may want to sleep well into the afternoon, a schedule can keep everyone organized and on track.
Having a start time—and a reasonable end time—means that your kids will work to get everything accomplished efficiently without painstakingly dragging their e-learning on throughout the entire day.
Having a routine gives us a sense of familiarity. When we fall out of our routines, we usually feel it, and productivity and focus can suffer. By setting aside a block of time that’s devoted to e-learning, your kids can get in the right frame of mind and develop a regular schedule.
5. Find Resources Your Kids Love
We all want to raise kids who love to learn, who are excited to go to school every day whether that’s at home or in a school building. Your kids will stay on task and organized if they love what they are doing, so why not find ways to keep them excited about learning?
One of the best ways to inspire an enthusiasm for learning is to give them educational tools they love.
Harvard researchers found that the more consistently your child has access to books, the more likely it is that you’ll increase their motivation to read. Also, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education discovered that kids who come from homes that are well stocked with reading materials are also the most proficient readers.
If you want to increase your child’s love of reading and learning, especially when it comes to the German language, why not stock their bookshelves and home learning space with plenty of engaging, vibrant and exciting German-language books to boost their language skills and foster their love of the language?
One of the homeschooling benefits you might discover that you love? You can add in your own lessons too, like improving their German language skills. At Kinderbooks, we have German language books for your homeschooled readers at every level and plenty of media to share when they need a little break too.
We’re here to help you and your kids navigate the challenges of homeschooling with the resources you need to make this time of learning from home go as smoothly as possible.
Check out our wide assortment of books today, and make your kids’ homeschool experience a great one.