SUDDENLY HOMESCHOOLING - A QUICK HELP GUIDE
Welcome. I know this is a crazy time and you are struggling to figure out "what now" in terms of everything in your life, including the fact your kids are now home with you every minute of the day. The goal of this page is to try and offer you some ideas and suggestions to make the most of this time together.
First, just breathe. It's going to be ok.
Second, you don't HAVE to do anything right now. You will not ruin your children if you don't consider adding school to your day right now.
Third, make everything you easy. Do not replicate school at home - it rarely works and will stress all of you out. If you have multiple kids, try to do some fun learning stuff together.
Follow the guidelines of KISS - KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY.
If you really need a guideline for a daily schedule, there are plenty floating around social media. Honestly though, it's better to kind of go with the flow and have a general routine than one that runs on a clock.
For example, your day can run like:
Wake up and Breakfast, Learning time, Chores, Lunch, Outside time, Free time, Supper, Free time, Bed on whatever kind of flow works for you.
Do not plan to do school for several hours of the day. Keep learning times short and fun.
For learning ideas, see below.
Remember, it's all kids everywhere dealing with this same issue. No one will get farther ahead than anyone else right now.
Start with an area that your child might struggle with in the classroom, if you want to, but don't feel pressured to "do school" because they might fall behind. You can use this time to help bolster their learning and get ahead.
Do not spend money on major homeschool curriculum. There is a good possibility that the school system will provide *something* for their students if this situation will be long term, but they just haven't had the time to put that together yet.
Instead, focus more on life skills, beefing up areas of weakness, building relationships, and just spending time together.
Look below for some learning ideas.
Welcome to the world of prioritization.
This is an admittedly challenging task, figuring out what needs to happen when. Setting time for learning and time for working is a good way to help.
I have a blog post with some tips on how to work and homeschool that might help.
IF this goes on longer than expected and the school systems don't offer an interim solution, do not panic.
There are so many awesome resources out there that your children can learn from. It will be ok.
I will update this page as things progress.
FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
ADD LEARNING TO YOUR DAY
If you just want to add some learning to your day, here are some ways to do that:
- Do some Daily Grammar.
- Write a story. (Love creative writing? Watch this University Creative Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writing course by author Brendan Sanderson.)
- Take an English Composition Class through Coursera to improve your writing skills (when you make an account, you can audit this course for free.)
- Play Scrabble or Bananagrams.
If you just want to add more intentional and focused learning to your day, here are some grade by grade resources to help you:
FREE ONLINE FUN CLASSES
Kennedy Center Education
Artist-in-Residence at Home
1 pm Eastern
Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!
From Discover The Universe
2 pm Eastern
We've decided to help all families isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free online astronomy mini-courses for kids aged 8-12.
Join us every weekday at 2 p.m. (EDT) for 30 minutes of educational fun. Various subjects will be covered and many collaborators will be presenting.
3 pm Eastern
While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational.
Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.