Let’s take a moment and talk about the new reality for those of us with children. Maybe you are dealing with e-learning and everything involved for the first time. Maybe you have been homeschooling for years and are missing your home school cooperative activities. Maybe your littles are missing preschool, or maybe your older ones are home from college unexpectedly. Whatever your situation, I have some ideas and resources to help you out as we face these challenges!
Are you looking for help with some school subjects?
Google “chemistry” and you’ll get a ton of information, much of it irrelevant to helping your child. No matter the subject, you want something geared to students and easy to use. Here are some suggestions.
National Geographic Kids – You probably know National Geographic best for science and geography. Their kids’ website is great though, approachable for elementary age children and including a section on homework help.
Fact Monster – If you want a place to investigate all the subjects and one that will help primary age kids, this is the place for you.
Don’t forget your public library – although they are probably closed now, check their websites for the children’s department section. Often they will feature a variety of links to help kids with homework and learning.
Do your kids need some help with organization and productivity?
While there are plenty of tips on the I Heart Planners website, to focus on children specifically, let’s look at the following strategies.
Create a study zone. Once “in the zone” your student knows that it’s time to work, not play. Let them help set it up and decorate it so they feel ownership and want to work there.
Try a picture schedule. We use apps and calendars, but younger kids are more visually oriented. Plus, pictures are just more fun!
Use a visual timer. Apportioning time doesn’t come naturally to kids. I admit, it doesn’t come naturally to all adults, either. Using an analog timer will help children see how much time is available to work on a specific task.
Set priorities. This is one of the most important strategies for both adults and children. Time is not infinite, so deal with the most pressing business first.
Stay on task. Deal with excuses and move on. Distraction is even easier at home than elsewhere, so make this a goal and stick to it.
Don’t over-schedule. Remember, just because many of our days seem unstructured now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to cram extra work into them. Make sure to leave time for play and family activities. Take advantage of the together time while we have it!
The right resources and organizational strategies can go a long way to easing schooling stress. Remember, we’re all in this together!