Without a doubt, the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed the way parents relate to their younger children. One thing that’s definitely different is homeschooling. To deal with the resulting strain on your relationship, here are the four things you’ll need to do.
Adjust Your Schedule
Whether you were already working from home or are doing so for the first time, you now have the additional task of homeschooling. Unless you were already teaching your child from home, this is a new territory. The best thing you can do is build your own schedule around your child’s curriculum. Young children would have gotten used to doing things in a set order and by a certain time. When you design your schedule with this in mind, it will make homeschooling easier. You’ll be able to focus on helping them with their work.
Make Homeschooling Shifts Clear
Depending on your child’s age, it might not be obvious to them that they’re still being schooled. All they know is that they’re at home and you’re still trying to give them school work. Even when they’re a little older, it can be hard to get them to concentrate on work when they have so many distractions. In this case, it could be helpful to have a designated learning area and activities that lead up to class time. That makes it easier for your child to see the shift to homeschooling.
Take Time to Listen
It’s important to be diligent with your homeschooling structure, but it’s also good to pay attention to how your child is feeling. Unlike regular school, they don’t get a chance to run around outside in-between lessons. Be patient with them. The lockdown is hard for them too. If they’re just not getting into the lesson, it’s probably best to do something else and come back to it later. If possible, find another way to present the information that doesn’t seem like a teaching session.
Take a Break from Homeschooling
Speaking of doing something else…taking a break from homeschooling can work wonders for both of you. Unless restrictions have been lifted in your area, your options might be limited but feel free to get creative! You can still watch movies online or play games. This is also a great time to introduce your child to some of the things you like to do. You can use this time to build your relationship with your child even more.