Schools Closed? How to Have Fun While Schooling Kids at Home

Schools Closed? Temporally homeschooling? Here’s how to have fun while schooling kids at home.

Schools Closed? How to Have Fun While Schooling Kids at Home. Tips for scheduling, resources and dealing with anxiety in k-8 kids doing school at home during coronavirus crisis.

Schools Closed? How to Have Fun While Schooling Kids at Home

Most of our local public and private schools have closed for a couple of weeks. We have had some requests on how to make temporary homeschooling work.

What we are hearing is that lots of folks are going to have to balance working from home and educating their kids AND not have anyone go nuts while they have to live a VERY low key life for a few weeks. So here are some ideas to get you started on how to have fun while schooling kids at home.

In this post we will discuss:

  • How do I find curriculum for K-8 (check out this post for high school)
  • Free Resources
  • Fun Things to do while at home
  • A Suggested Schedule
  • Dealing with Anxiety Related to the Virus

How do I find curriculum?

Many schools have been sending home packets of work for kids in k-8 to finish so they do not fall far behind. Some schools are even doing some work daily online.

The families we have heard from have found that these material simply are not enough to keep their young people engaged, learning and not bored. They would like to use this period of temporary homeschooling to:

  • Have some fun with education
  • Fill in some educational gaps
  • Experience some richness in learning that normal schooling does not have time for
  • Let’s look at all three:

    • Have some fun with education

If you ask a young person in grades k-8, they would probably say that the goal of having two weeks off school should be to have some fun. Parents, on the other hand, need some time to work AND do not want to totally waste these couple of weeks.

Here are some ways to have fun schooling kids at home:

    • Experience some richness in learning that normal schooling does not have time for

Busy schools with limited time and resources often must short some of the enrichment that comes from exposing children to the arts. During this coronavirus crisis, many organizations are making the arts available to your family for free!

What about subjects that I don’t feel qualified to teach?

Sometimes a good curriculum is sometimes all that is needed. Some can be used by the student with little or no input from the parent. Online instruction is available in most subjects, try checking YouTube for videos on just about everything.

Check out this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast for a helpful discussion on teaching what you don’t know.

  • How should I schedule my day?

While each homeschool is unique, a child being pulled from school is often more successful beginning with a fairly set schedule. It is easier to begin with a more rigid schedule, then becoming more flexible as you and your student adjust to the new routine.

  • How long should it take each day?

This will depend on factors such as your student’s grade level and motivation. For example, a kindergartner may finish formal academics in less than an hour. A middle school student may take several hours.

Dealing with Anxiety about Coronavirus

Children in the k-8 age range might experience anxiety about the coronavirus and not know what to do about it. When helping young people deal with this anxiety, you can help in these ways:

  • Give accurate, age-appropriate information
  • Create and keep a gentle schedule
  • Create special moments
  • Practice and teach mindfulness to your children

Let’s look at all of these:

Routines help calm children’s anxieties. Here’s a sample schedule you can download:

School Day Schedule from 7SistersHomeschool.com

 

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Schools Closed? How to Have Fun While Schooling Kids at Home

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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