by: Kaylee Vineyard
As we jump into a new way of learning for our youth this year, I thought I would give you some tips and trick I have learned.
- Have a designated space for school. In my research, it helps the kid’s brain understand it is time for school. The most popular place that most people are using our there kitchen tables. It’s big enough to spread out if need to be and also you can sit right next to them and help them with their learning.
- Follow a schedule: Now, if you are like me, you have two kids in the home and they both will have different schedules. I went to the dollar store and bought me a planner. I am going to write down when they have to be on they need to be chrome books, when they have to have certain homework done, and etc. When it comes to my preschooler, I got two books off amazon and I will live the links to them in here that I am going to use. With preschoolers, you don’t need to do more than 2 hours of school work with them.
- Take it one day at a time: I know, this is stressful for all of us. Just me I am worried myself. Most of you are properly in the same spot of still working from home and also having school work with your kids. We are all thinking “how are we going to work and do school work?” We all didn’t think we would be are kids teacher. Reach out to your friends and family to help you.
- School Supplies: Yes that was tricky for me to. I had no idea what to buy for school supplies for my kids while I was at home. I went to the dollar store and bought the basics. Notebooks, pencils, pens, regular paper, a dry easer board (to show how to a problem), a binder (for my preschools work), a planner, construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and bins for their supplies. There might be other things that you might need but that is what I grabbed right now.
- Make learning fun: When we started staying at home back in March, I would do a craft with kids once a week. It could be as easy as using trash do making something new, learning to draw something new, and etc. You can find all of different kinds of craft on pinterest.
- Google, Google, and Google: Google is my best friend. I know that sometimes are kids homework is something that we have either forgotten how to do or we have never learned before. Now, we sit here trying to figure out how to teach our kids how to do something but we are not sure ourselves. Google the problem, it will come up how to do it. There are so many videos, resources, and etc. to help you find the answer.
- Understand this is hard for the kids to: They are going to get frustrated just like you will be. They will not understand even if you have explained it 5 billion times. Their brains are going to get tried. This is totally normal. Don’t forget let them have breaks. Just like when you are at work and you need to walk away from what you are doing, the kids will need to do the same thing.
- Enjoy this time: If you are like me, you have been enjoying be a part of your kids learning. I know something I have been doing is teaching my kiddos how to cook some of their favorite foods. How their eyes light up having you help them learning something new. I know it’s hard to focus on the negative of the world that we are in but focus on how much time you are going to be spending with your kids.
I hope these tips help you get through this school year. Know that you are not alone. You have a community of parents that are feeling the same way you are. Just take it one day at a time. We will all get through this together.