1. Give it Time
It’s going to take time to discover your teaching style, students' learning style, and a routine that works for you. Most public school teachers usually need a few years to really get the hang of their craft.
As a homeschool mom our first year was very overwhelming and each subsequent year I learn new ways to manage this thing better.
Thankfully, you most likely won’t be teaching your kiddo for years but it does help give some perspective to your situation. If the first days, weeks, or duration of your teaching journey together is challenging you are not alone.
Embrace grace over perfection as you dive into this unprecedented journey.
Trial and error is a part of the process. You may find that you do best with a rigid schedule or it could be that just staying in PJ’s, playing games together, and slowly working through the work teachers sent home works best for you.
Thankfully, we now have all the time in the world to be together so there is no rush to wake up and get everything done.
2. Accept That Homeschooling Is Not the Same as Public School
I struggle with this still even as a veteran homeschool mom. I think that our day should include the same activities, learning goals, and be the duration of a traditional school model.
As hard as it is, it’s helpful to throughout the expectation that what you do at home will be the same as what your child is used to at school.
First of all, you are jumping into this mid-year and with no time to plan or prepare for schooling at home. It’s going to be very hard for you to know exactly what your student should be working on and having a comprehensive plan for what all you should be covering is a challenge for both you and the public school teachers working to guide you in this endeavor.
Focus on the basics: reading, writing, grammar, practice math facts/skills, and then give yourself some room to explore as a family. This is a great time to tackle a project you’ve put off as a family.
Plant a garden, learn how to bake something new, build something together, explore nature, read aloud a good book to your kids, buy some science kits, research a topic that interests everyone, or watch documentaries in your PJ’s.
Most of all keep your expectations low. Remember teachers often plan to do a lot and end up only getting to pieces of what they planned. This is a great opportunity to inspire fresh joy in learning for your kiddo and to learn about them in a new way.
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