Maybe you follow somebody on social media who looks like they’re doing a great job of homeschooling their kids. Maybe you’re regularly speaking to a friend who claims they are finding it really easy. Things like that can make you feel like a homeschooling failure. If you’re feeling like a failure, it’s important to get out of that mindset.
You Don’t Have to Strive for Perfection
Good is good enough – but don’t forget to accept that you’ll have bad days. You’ll have days where you want to give in. You’ll probably have to deal with tantrums. This is all part and parcel of homeschooling. There’s no such thing as perfection when homeschooling your kids.
Bored Kids? Good!
If you’re worried that your kids are bored, don’t be. Letting your kids get bored is actually really good for them. So many parents and teachers focus on keeping kids entertained, and the kids don’t have to deal with boredom, and boredom is what allows creativity to blossom. This will force your kids to use their imagination and decide what to do for themselves for a change. Have space to let them get bored and creative each day. It’ll massively benefit them!
Focus on Books
Books are one of the greatest things you can use in your homeschooling arsenal. Why? You don’t even have to be the one to read them! Many celebrities are uploading videos of themselves reading online, and you can even find books on YouTube and Audible. Leaning into reading will give you a break and everybody can learn something.
Hate Math? You’re Not Alone
You’re not a failure because you hate teaching your kids a certain subject. Go easy on yourself if you’re not great at a subject you’re attempting to teach. Simply make the most of online resources and don’t be afraid to Google things.
Advice for Productive Home Schooling Sessions
There are a few things you can do to ensure productive home schooling sessions.
- Do some exercise early on in the day. You may want to save it for later, but exercise early in the day will give everybody a cognitive boost and make learning so much more fun. CDC guidelines warn that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets, so be sure to keep social distancing measures in place if you walk to the park or somewhere other people are spending time.
- Let your kids take the lead. Some days will be more energetic, others will be more relaxed. Try to work with that rather than against it.
- On the days you feel like giving up and your kids aren’t feeling it either, consider just giving in. This doesn’t make you a failure, and everybody will feel better.
- Model self care for your kids. They’re learning a lot from you right now, and not just what you’re teaching them in your homeschooling sessions. Show them how to care for their physical and mental health, as they will be looking to you for guidance and you may not even know it.