Homeschooling Basics for Parents

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With most schools remaining closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world, children and students are advised to stay at home. There are plans to switch to remote classes, with school requirements to be submitted online until it’s deemed safe for all the schools and colleges to open again.

This pandemic has made many parents realize the importance of learning and harnessing the Internet to homeschool their children. In other words, staying at home is the perfect opportunity for parents to start setting up a homeschool classroom.

Here are some homeschooling basics that you can consider when setting up your classroom at home.

Master an Effective Parenting Style

Before setting up a homeschool classroom, understand that you have to be intentional with parenting your kids. In Chesca and Doug Kramer’s homeschooling tips Q&A on IG live, their friends Edric Mendoza, president of Homeschool Global (HG), and his wife Joy mentioned that if parents are well-equipped with basic parenting skills such as getting kids to obey and utilizing an effective disciplining system, parents can get their kids to sit down and listen.

Chesca Kramer also said that while she loses patience and raises her voice every now and then, she always reminds herself of the purpose of homeschooling her kids: is it to teach, or is it to scare them? 

As a whole, parents considering homeschooling their kids due to the quarantine should establish parent-and-children relationships while being firm in teaching their kids. It is also important for parents to give themselves and their children time to adjust especially for kids who are accustomed to the conventional classroom environment.

Set Up a Space Intended for Homeschooling

Part of effective homeschooling is having a designated area for your children to do their worksheets and activities without any distractions. A homeschool classroom doesn’t need to be big or spacious. You can use your kids’ desks as their learning station that they can personalize with stickers, and a blackboard or whiteboard that they can write on. You can also put up bookshelves to keep textbooks organized, and some baskets for supplies.

Designating areas for artwork, physical education, and worksheets will also help the children be aware of their schedules and lessons. Organizing your homeschool classroom will also keep your kids engaged, as well as foster their responsibility and discipline in keeping things organized.

Gather Learning Materials, Activities, and Worksheets from Online Sources

Back when the Internet wasn’t used as a means for accessing information and new knowledge, homeschooling was deemed as a challenge for parents who have no clue how they should effectively teach their children. During the IG live Q&A, Cheska and Doug mentioned that most learning materials and activities, as well as teaching methods, can be found online. 

Parents starting out with homeschooling their children can search for learning materials, quizzes, and activities that they can use for the lessons. Websites such as IXL.com, a2zhomeschooling.com, khanacademy.org, National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, and MSNucleus.org offer a plethora of videos, modules, and quizzes that cater to pre-schoolers and K-12 students. 

While some of the materials and quizzes designed for homeschooling are free, there are also homeschooling curriculums that are offered for an annual subscription. Parents can also access the results and progress of their kids’ participation in the classes.

With you and your children staying at home, for the time being, use the lessons and materials available online to accomplish activities that will help develop your children’s reading, writing, and comprehension skills, as well as their readiness to learn, whether they are in a classroom or at home.

Find Incentives that Work

Of course, exercising proper discipline and giving incentives are also crucial for effective parenting and homeschooling. While it can be a challenge to make your child or children sit down, listen, and do their schoolwork, a proper discipline system plays an integral role in your kids enjoying homeschooling.

In the Kramers’ IG live Q&A, Edric talked about utilizing a “ceiling and floor incentive method” in teaching kids to behave properly during homeschooling sessions. In this method, the “ceiling” represents the incentives for when kids do their homework or finish their worksheets. The  “floor” represents the consequences if kids don’t follow. Edric emphasized that when using the ceiling and floor method, it is also important to know what your kids like to do instead of forcing them to do activities that they won’t enjoy.

Part of giving incentives is to also teach your kids to do some of the activities on their own. While some activities may require parental guidance, letting your older kids read, write, or even do their worksheets without supervision teach them to be independent. Teaching kids to be decisive in their learning process will also help in building the confidence they need when they go back to school and when they grow older.

Schooling may take some time to go back to normal as the government comes up with ways to ensure the safety of each student and teacher. For now, use technology and set up a homeschool so that your children can continue learning at home. 

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