Navigating new water.
I want to applaud all the parents out there who had to take on a new challenge this year. 2020 came with so many factors that changed a lot for all of us. The biggest pat on the back that I would like to offer would be to those who dove into helping their children navigate through their school work. I have been homeschooling my children for almost six years now. I know that it comes with many ups and downs and challenges that made me stop and reevaluate how my children learn.
The navigating that parents, grandparents, teachers, and children all went through is quite remarkable! Schools are do not operate with an online curriculum. I am not talking about homeschool curriculums. The schools that children attend to learn by a teacher in a school district paid for by the State. Public, Charter, Private, or other. I saw many of my friends and family jump in and work extraordinarily hard to add this onto their already overloaded plates. You gave them an invaluable lesson that will hopefully give them perspective when dealing with a challenge that seems impossible.
What are they learning?
I am willing to bet that you learned so much about how your child learns—the subjects they thrive in and those they have very little to no interest in at this time. As a homeschooler, I know I am always surprised at the interests they have one week and how that changes based on the information they want to know. If I really stop and think about it, though, I should not be all that surprised. We as adults do that very same thing.
If you’re like me, there are many things you learn, and pretty quickly too. Taking on the responsibility to ensure that your child has a proper education can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. There are times is seems overwhelming and scary; perhaps you are not sure what to do. Then there are those days where you get up and rise to the challenge! You feel like superman or superwoman for the fantastic day you had teaching your little one because they breezed through it. Not only did they get the lesson, but they had fun doing it. I will let you in on a little secrete, whether you are new to teaching because you are now distance learning, new to homeschooling, or have been homeschooling for some time, we All have those range of days.
We all have questioned wheater or not we are giving our kids enough time to learn their material, how much time do they spend learning a day one on one, what to include in their subjects, do I have to come up with the material for the to learn and if so where do I start? There are quite a few resources out there that can help you get started. Just be mindful. You can easily get overwhelmed. There is so much to know, and it can be a big deal taking on the responsibility of teaching your kids.
We all know or have come to know that there are different learning styles, hearing, seeing, and visual. I used to think my kids learned one way, so I do all the school supplies that I thought would work for them. They loved it…at first. Then about halfway into the curriculum, they decided (by they, I really mean me) that this was not the style in which they learned. So, I had to get a different curriculum so that they wanted to learn the material.
Once I did that, I got to see how well they navigated and absorbed the knowledge they were learning once I got them the proper set up to thrive in their learning style. This was a big game changer! They went from frustrated and board to, “Hey mom, check this out!” One of my favorite questions they ask me is, “Did you know?” Then they provide me with all the information they have learned and want to share. I absolutely love it.
Just remember to start slow and even though you may not feel like it, you really are doing an amazing job!
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