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How to Help Your Elementary Student Excel In Virtual School or Homeschool
Starting virtual school or homeschool and transitioning from a physical brick and mortar school can be really difficult for kids and parents alike.
I’ve heard all types of stories of parents struggling with the transition. Kids missing their friends and the interaction with their friends.
One thing to remember when you start to feel guilty about your choice to keep your kids home and do virtual school or homeschooling, the school year isn’t the same even if they did end up going to school.
They still wouldn’t be allowed to fully play with their friends, share toys, play with their friends. Everyone is still under these strict CDC guidelines which basically takes all the things that kids love most about school, away.
It replaced them with constant hand washing, alcoholic hands, face masks and face shields, super small classrooms and modified schedules in some districts. This causes a whole separate wave of stress for the kids and teachers.
Choosing to keep your kids home out of necessity or maybe it’s mandated, can still be a fulfilling successful experience that is rewarding as well as allowing your child to really reach their full potential.
Parents need to feel confident in their abilities to teach their children just as good if not better than teachers in public or even private school.
Teaching from home allows you to give your kids their customized class schedules and really focus on your child’s needs which helps them to grow.
You really get to find out their strengths and weaknesses where they may need more work. If you remember when you were in school, I’m sure your teachers didn’t really always notice when you struggled, and who wants to admit when they need help?
As parents we get to learn what our children really need from us and help them to grow!
This is an exciting time to watch our kids learning process and re-learn things along side with your kids!
I have a 2nd grader and there are topics in the curriculum that I don’t remember all the facts to. Reading about it with her and re-learning things with her has been a fun experience. We also get to go and look up more information when we find topics that really interest her.
This time is so special. It’s helping me to realize her strengths more and helping her figure out what she really loves and wants to learn more about!
I know there are times where it’s stressful, trying to balance working from home, appointments on zoom and keeping her and her sister (2 yr old toddler) busy, but I can see this will all be worth it in the end.
It’s helping her to become a problem solver. Learning how to figure things out on her own and learning how to find answers to things she needs to know.
So often I believe that school curriculum in public school, is much too simple for our kids. We need to stop spoon feeding them everything and help them learn on their own. Give them the books and means to figure out what they need to know.
I remember having an encyclopedia and looking things up on our own, there was no google! Technology robbed our kids of this experience. We can still help them learn how to find information out on their own through books.
Top Tips For Helping Your Elementary Student to Excel At Home
1. Offer the tools your kids need to find answers, educational science books or encyclopedia and allow them to explore on their own. They do need guidance and sometimes ideas on where to find the answer, but it’s exiting to watch them figure it out.
This will allow them to become problem solvers as adults! I’ve also seen a growth in her self confidence!
2. Staying organized is also super important for homeschooling and virtual school. It’s good to allow your kids to keep their materials neat and in order, it teaches them responsibility.
3. Take lots of breaks during the school day for snack time and creativity times as well as activity. We do an outside recess time, a dance or yoga time, and always leave room for art and creativity such as free writing time.
Breaking up the day with different activities is crucial for mental enrichment. Young kids need activity and ways to burn off their extra energy. Think about when you’re sitting for too long and how you feel. Kids need even more activity and don’t do well staining at a screen all day. when possible, take the lessons offline and do work in different areas of your home.
4. Create stations for different activities. They were used to going to different places in their school all day for different things. Let’s try and simulate this at home.
Example: We have science & art in the kitchen, reading and writing in the living room (no TV on), physical education outside or in the living room as a game or dance sometimes yoga. Her online activities are in her room on her desk. It’s quieter and close to all of her school supplies in her bookshelf.
Kids look forward to a set schedule of activities and love to know what comes next. They thrive on it!
It gives kids something to look forward too and a more stable feeling of what’s going on.
Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to share in setting our kids up for success this school year.
I truly hope this post helps you and your kids to have a successful school year!
Educating from home can be fun and fulfilling. Getting started with the right mindset will teach your kids to also have a positive mindset about school and learning!