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Tips & Tricks: Tips for Temp Homeschoolers

With many schools being closed for a month or in some cases longer I thought it’d be a good idea to give y’all some ideas on what you can do. Don’t feel like you have to do school related things right away. Take a week off to reconnect with your kids and family. They maybe worried and scared already so let them relax and adjust to staying at home 24/7. Below you’ll find ages and ideas on what to do with them.

Preschool:
  • Let them be kids. I didn’t know anything when I started elementary. I learned it all while in school.
  • Their are many few things online to help: Khan Academy, ABCMouse, a bunch of printables on Teachers Pay Teachers, etc. 
  • Everyday life can be lessons without your kids knowing: baking, folding laundry, Madd Mattr (way better than Play Doh), etc.
  • Play board games. 
  • Playing in the yard. 
  • Watching movies. 
  • Read books. 
  • Science experiments! There are a lot of cool experiments you can do with regular household items. 
My daughter loves to help when we’re cooking so I let her measure out the spices. 

Elementary:
  • Things from Preschool age still apply here. 
  • If you’re thinking that you can’t teach them. Guess what you can. You passed elementary didn’t you?
  • When reading books ask them questions.
  • Get involved with them. Ask them what they’d like to do around the house. 
  • Start a garden. 
  • Act out a favorite movie. 
  • Some teachers have created packets so look at your schools website and see if their teacher has made one or left any notes on what to work on. 
  • Science experiments! There are a lot of cool experiments you can do with regular household items. 
    Middle School:
    • Things from Elementary age still apply here. 
    • If your kid’s teacher has a packet online print it out and have your kids work on it. Not to much in a day. You don’t want them to get overwhelmed. Remember they see you as their parent not a teacher. 
    • Ask your kids if they need help on something. Pre-teens and teens most likely won’t ask for help. If you don’t understand the work either sit down together and look it up. Learning is more fun when you have a partner.
    • If your child excels in a subject ask them to teach it to you (even if you already understand). It’ll boost their confidence and help them with communication.  
    • Give chores to do. They may not like it but life isn’t always fair.
    • Science experiments! There are a lot of cool experiments you can do with regular household items. 
    • Read a good book. 

    High School:
    • Things from Middle School age still apply here. 
    • High schoolers aren’t going to want to ask for help so get involved. Ask if they need anything; even if it’s just a snack while they do some school work. 
    • If your child excels in a subject ask them to teach it to you (even if you already understand). It’ll boost their confidence and help them with communication.  
    • Have a movie night. 
    • Ask them if they’d like to try cooking dinner. They’ll be on their own one day and need to know how to cook. 
    • If they are into gaming trying playing with them. You might not be very good but it’s a great bonding activity. 
    • Ask them about their interests. Over the years things change and teens distant themselves to be more independent so reconnect with them. 

    I’ve teamed with Timberdoodle so be sure to checkout other ideas from homeschoolers. Questions or comments post them below. Always happy to hear from y’all. 
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