I pray you and your family are doing well. My son and I are doing well visiting family in Houston. Thankfully, we weren’t hit too hard by Hurricane Harvey and will be heading back to Belize soon. We are excited to have a new addition to our home, my 5-year-old niece. I have been homeschooling her for a little over a month now and it’s a thrilling journey to start the home education process all over again. With my son being in his 8th year of homeschooling, it is super easy to assign him work and support him where support is needed. It is a welcome challenge to utilize the skills and tools I’ve gained along the way to start from scratch. With that said, I’d like to share some of my homeschooling tips and ask for some of yours. What helps you to make the best of each day?
A Few Homeschooling Tips
1. Be patient with yourself and with your child/children. Starting fresh with a 5-year-old, I can tell you that some days she doesn’t want to learn. She will cry and yell and petition to watch My Little Pony instead of learning. What has helped is patience – reminding her that she is smart and strong and that it is important to learn so that she can be smarter and stronger. Also, I try to make the learning fun, not take more than 2 hours max for all subjects, and take song and dance breaks when we need to.
2. Use digital tools. I downloaded free math games on my phone as soon as I knew my niece would be with me. When she is bored at any point throughout the day, I can easily hand her my phone and ask if she wants to play a game. This way, I’m sneaking in extra learning after our school time is over. Already, she has started viewing math as fun. Also, I’ve been using reading tools on Starfall to help her with learning to read. She loves it.
3. Enlist help when and where you need it. Whether you join a homeschool coop or partner with family members, we all need help. For my niece, I’ve recruited help from my mom, friends, and local community center to assemble her school supplies, start building her book collection, and make her feel surrounding by a loving village invested in her success. You don’t have to be in this by yourself. If your family isn’t supportive, search for other homeschoolers/homeschool groups in your area.
Now, I would like to hear your tips! What are your suggestions for making the best of each day? I look forward to reading your comments!
Love and Light,