Working from home while also homeschooling kids can be a challenging balance to achieve. Use these homeschooling tips and homeschool organization ideas to help you prepare for a terrific year ahead!
School days, school days, good old fashioned…well, that classic tune may come to mind as we approach that time of year when the kids head back to school. However, this back to school season is anything but typical. Instead of going shopping for that long list of school supplies for the classroom, you’ll be shopping for supplies for your home to make distance learning easy for you and your kids.
With many schools across the country starting school on a remote learning (homeschooling) structure, parents everywhere are scrambling to prepare. Working from home while also homeschooling can be a bit of a tricky dance for families.
That’s why we gathered up some of the best, most helpful homeschooling tips to support you as you prepare for the school year ahead.
Top Homeschooling Tips for Beginners
This year, more parents than ever before will be wearing both the parent and the teacher hats for their children. Successfully juggling these two roles, a homeschool teacher and a work-at-home parent, will be a challenge for both the parents and kids alike.
The transition from traditional schooling to homeschooling may not feel completely natural, but these homeschooling tips and organization ideas will go a long way toward reducing the learning curve for beginner homeschool parents.
Check out these 5 top tips to help you win at homeschooling this Fall!
Use a Planner
As the parent of a student engaging in remote learning, it may feel like you are suddenly a homeschool mom. That is true in a sense, but the big difference is that you are not responsible for developing the curriculum or lesson plans.
However, take just a little time to either communicate with your child’s teacher about upcoming assignments or look ahead if they are posted online. That small effort will go a long way toward keeping you in the loop and helping your child stay on track.
Grab a planner so you can write everything down and have a visual to help stay on track. This is essential for working parents who are bouncing back and forth between work and helping their kids.
Get this FREE Printable Homeschool Schedule Planner courtesy of PaisleyGroveGIFTS.com. It’s free for your personal use to make your homeschool life a little more organized.
Plan Breaks Into The Day
In order to focus to the best of their ability, kids need to take regular mental breaks throughout the day. That’s why schools build in recess time. Spend 10-15 minutes (depending on your child’s age) getting up and moving around every couple of hours.
Some effective ideas of activities to do during “recess” time to get the blood flowing include:
- Getting outside for a short 10-minute walk or bike ride.
- Playing a few rounds of hide-and-seek around the house or yard.
- Doing a few sets each of jumping jacks and running in place. After all, physical education is part of the regular curriculum for in-person school too.
- Play a few rounds of “Mother May I?” (note: this works best with multiple children)
- Scavenger hunts can also be a learning experience. Nature is a giant classroom so take advantage of it. Need to teach the parts of a flower? Do a fun scavenger hunt for a flower that shows all the parts: the petals, pistil, sepal, and stem.
Role play is fun and actually helps with kids imagination. It’s an effective way to help them make sense of the world around them. Let them have a homeschool break and have fun while role playing as a superhero. This cute personalized capes will make them feel like a real life superhero!
Parents…you’ll need a break too for your own sanity. Enjoy your coffee in this 14oz Stainless Steel Mug. That caffeine will come in handy to keep you fueled through the day.
Get quality homeschool materials that can be fun to learn with
Most parents will need materials to help them become an effective homeschool parent. A lot of schools will provide the links to the materials for the kids to use, such as worksheets and online resources. Hands on play is also important as it’s an educational tool that helps with hand-eye coordination for the young kids.
These cute hand crochet animal finger puppets are the perfect learning tool for the little ones. They can use their imagination as they role play with these finger puppets. Extend their play by using these toys as a learning tool by teaching them the sounds that these animals make…moo, quack, arf. But what sound does a fox make anyway?
And for the older kids, manually manipulating something reinforces what they’re learning. Studies have shown that using multisensory instruction keeps them the children engaged and makes difficult concepts easier to visualize.
These natural wood math set can help kids visualize the numbers and calculations. These can be used by early learners (number sorting, recognition) and older kids alike (divisions, multiplications). Bonus is that it already comes with its own bag for storage to keep your homeschool area organized.
Keep homeschool lessons fun by incorporating play
Homeschool lessons don’t have to be boring. Kids can lose interest in learning when it’s all about worksheets, books, and online lessons. There are ways to keep learning fun through play.
Baking with kids can be a great teaching moment too. They can learn math fractions and process. Show them what a 1/2 cup of milk plus 1/2 cup of milk will equal to. And the bonus part is that this is considered a practical lesson. Education doesn’t have to be all books!
These Cute Kids Aprons are handy when you’re giving them a practical lesson like baking in the kitchen. They’re also handy when they’re painting or doing other art projects.
Take it Easy on Yourself
Some moms are meant to be a homeschooling mom. Others…may have a calling meant for something else. If you’re a parent who finds homeschooling (remote learning) to be particularly difficult, try to simply take it one day at a time.
Accept mistakes as learning opportunities and new information to help you make an adjustment! Head back to school with a mantra that you will not expect perfection in your child or yourself.
Give yourself and your children permission to make mistakes. It takes the pressure off and will help you all feel less stress and frustration.
How to Organize Homeschool Materials
The key to success with homeschooling is organization. Without organization, homeschooling can quickly descend to chaos (been there!). Stay orderly with these 3 homeschool organization ideas.
Use Caddies and Storage Containers
Have you ever noticed how teachers have supply caddies on every table in their classroom? There’s a reason: it helps them stay neat and organized with minimal effort.
Teach your kids to put their pencils, scissors, markers, and other supplies away in their caddies (or containers with lids) to help reduce clutter.
Kids will be listening to their teachers during their zoom lessons or watching a video lesson. Headphones or earbuds can help keep the homeschool area quiet as to not disturb their siblings or you while you do your own work-at-home projects. Keep their earbuds in this case so they don’t lose them. It’s even personalized with their name!
Keep their pens and pencils organized in a cup and insert it into this Shark Cup Holder. It’ll add a little cuteness into their homeschool area while keeping their writing tools organized.
Give Everything a “Home”
Organize workbooks, paper, notebooks, electronic devices, and any other supplies so that they have a spot where they belong to help reduce clutter, chaos, and stress. Utilize shelves, cubbies, drawers, and even a closet (if you have it)!
Even though kids are staying home for their school, a backpack is still useful to contain all their school supplies. Plus the kids can even use these cute personalized school backpacks for when they eventually go back to in-person school.
Utilize Binders and Folders
Papers, projects, assignments…oh my! Contain loose papers with these products and never lose that homework again!
These personalized folders will keep those loose homework and worksheets organized. And the kids will love the designs and can be personalized too.
Must have supplies for the kids who are going back to school in-person
There are schools and daycares that are able to open for in-person learning. Most are for the parents who are essential workers and have the option of sending their kids to school. These will help them navigate today’s school environment.
Kid’s Cloth Face Coverings
Some schools require kids to wear a face mask when they are in group settings or not able to physically social distance. These cloth face covers are especially hand sewn for kids. They come in cute fabrics that they’ll love.
Washable cotton Face Cover for Kids in a Llama print:
Cotton face covers in lots of fun patterns to choose from:
Don’t confuse which face clover is clean or dirty when you hang them up in these super useful Mask Holder with hooks.
Hand Sanitizer Holders
Keeping their hands clean is important! There may not be a sink close-by where they can wash their hands often so carrying a hand sanitizer is a must.
Strap a Hand Sanitizer Holder on their backpack so it’s always handy. This cheerful sunflower print comes in two colors:
Whether your kids stay home to do their homeschool or are one of the few that will be going to an in-person school, their will need some cute back-to-school outfits. We all know that kids grow like weeds so chances are, what they wore last year is a little small for them this year.
Check out this Cute Personalized Polo Shirt for your little guy. He will look handsome in this classic shirt.
Must-Have Homeschooling Resources
In addition to the top homeschooling tips and organization ideas we’ve shared above, we rounded up several must-have resources to help you stay organized and stress-free as you juggle homeschooling and working from home. Check them out!
- Mark Rober teaches science! He makes learning fun with his real life experiments that kids will enjoy.
- Nasa has a variety of STEM education for Grades K-12 for free.
- Can’t make it to the zoo? San Diego Zoo has a bunch of live cams pointed to their animals. Watch what they do all day and learn all about animals.
- Khan Academy, Pixar, and the Walt Disney Imagineers teamed up to create Imagineering In A Box. It’s a free online course that gives kids a behind-the-scene peek into what it takes to design an amusement park.
This 2020 Fall School Year will definitely be a different one for kids, parents, and even teachers. Most will be homeschooling, distance learning, or having remote classes. We’ve rounded up some of the top homeschooling tips, organizational ideas, and homeschool resources to help families navigate this new world.
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