Today, the line between parent and teacher is more blurred than it has ever been before. With schools across the country shutting down in efforts to slow the spread of COVID 19, parents are now faced with the task of teaching their children from home. This huge responsibility has many parents feeling overwhelmed and stressed. However, there are many small tricks and techniques that can make teaching kids at home a bit easier:
Create a Schedule, and Stick to it
Although they may not say it, kids need structure, in fact they crave it! Setting both weekly and daily schedules is the best way to make sure your kids know exactly what to expect. Your schedule does not need to be composed solely of lessons and homework. Make sure to build in time for snacks, breaks, and play time as well.
Set Behavioral Rules
Another important part of cultivating a structured and effective learning space, is the creation and implementation of a set of behavioral rules. Letting your kids know what behavior is and isn’t allowed is key to avoiding a chaotic learning environment. These rules can include consequences for poor conduct, recognition for good behavior, and even a point system. Whichever rules you decide to set, make sure they are outlined clearly from the beginning in order to avoid confusion.
Incorporate online learning tools
There are many ways that you can make your lesson plans more engaging. Incorporating online learning tools is an easy way to achieve this. YouTube channels like “Khan Academy” and “GEOgraphy Focus” are great resources for enhancing your child’s at home learning experience. On these channels teachers and experts go over subjects like mathematics, geography, and english in simple ways that are captivating and fun. Similarly, apps like “Duolingo”, and “Babbel” are good tools for foreign language learning.
Keep Your Kids Properly Fed and Hydrated
Food and water are two crucial ingredients for a happy functioning brain. It is important to make sure that your child is properly fed and hydrated, as this will help regulate their blood sugar and increase their attention span. Avoid foods with lots of sugar, which will ultimately lead to an energy crash later in the day. Focus on whole foods with lots of nutrients for sustained energy. Also, don’t forget to eat and stay hydrated yourself!
Be Patient with Yourself
Lastly it is important to remember to be patient with yourself! Being a teacher is not a walk in the park, especially if you’ve never done it before. The truth is that both you and your kids will have difficult days, and that’s normal! In these moments, the best thing that you can do is take a deep breath and be kind to yourself. Remember the important things: your kids are healthy, learning, and safe. Keep up the good work!