Home schooling tips

Home schooling can be a challenge, for parents as well as children. It’s OK to take it slowly and be flexible.

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Tips

  • It’s OK to stop for a while if your child is getting bored or feels upset and frustrated. Take a short break until they’re in a better frame of mind.
  • Look for triggers: do certain subjects upset them? Do they feel fed up at certain times of day? Spotting these issues can help you cope with them.
  • Get creative: think of other ways to keep them interested in a subject. Try and use what you have at home to help you.
  • Be firm when you need to. There may be things at school they don’t want to do but that still need to be done.
  • Set a timer so they can see an end to the task, or challenge them to get as much as they can done against the clock. When they’re finished, let them have a break and do something fun.
  • Consider getting schoolwork done early in the day. Once it’s done, you can all relax about it.
  • Introduce reward charts. Give incentives like extra screen time, choosing a game or doing something they love.
  • Give plenty of praise and tell them how well they have done after every piece of work.
  • Try and find a quiet place for them to work with as few distractions as possible.
  • Help them with tricky tasks or subjects. Listen to them and help them to find a solution, or phone a friend for help.

Troubleshooting

Even with lesson plans and a great routine, doing school work at home can still be a challenge. If your child is finding things difficult, talk to them about what the problem might be. You could ask:

  • Is the topic something they aren’t interested in?
  • Is it too hard? Or not hard enough?
  • Are they bored?

They may also be struggling with their new routine and having to do school work at home. It can help to change the routine around.

Remember: you don’t have to be perfect

You might find yourself home schooling alongside working from home or other commitments. Either way, remember to go easy on yourself as well. Take breaks, give yourself treats, and schedule time for your own needs, too.

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