As the country is continuing to open and trying to find a new norm, many school children are preparing to go back to school in just over 30 days. Some parents are happy and excited that their children will be able to see their classmates and receive instruction that they are more accustomed to. However, other parents are scared and anxious at the thought of hundreds of germy hands, in such a big place, at the same time. For those parents, here are a few helpful tips and points of consideration to keep in mind!
You Have Options
If your gut is telling you not to send your child back, remember, you have options. There are several schools nationally and some locally that offer alternative education options. A good place to start is the National Home School Association. They provide many resources and tips, including what to do if you work full time and would like to homeschool. Homeschool.com is another place to turn for answers. They have a list of the Top 100 homeschool curriculums available.
If you have a child in high school, not only is it important to find the right home school program, but it’s vital to make sure the school is accredited. An accredited school is important for all ages; however, it is even more important for high school students. A parent should make sure that the credits obtained can transfer to colleges and universities, or that the child’s local school will accept the credits in case you decide to put him/her back in traditional school. Standards for colleges and universities vary from state to state. One institution may accept the chosen homeschool credits but a different institution of higher learning in another state may not.
Now is the time to start thinking about a routine. Many parents found a good workflow when schools shut down this past school year. Other parents struggled. It’s okay. It is time to start preparing your mind and gathering school items and supplies that will help your child be successful. Also, consider your child’s learning style vs. your teaching style. Your child may need more hands-on or visual stimulation. Google ideas, find math and English games, get prepared to make school fun!
Find out what your child is expected to know for the next school year. Try to find videos that go along with topics being taught. Your department of education may have an online list that you can download.
No Day is the Exact Same
Although being mom and teacher may be a challenge, it will get better in time. Count your wins in each day instead of focusing on what did not go according to plan. Unexpected things will take place, or a lesson may take more time than expected. Be flexible. Make sure you get the proper rest and that your student does too. This way, each day you both have a fresh start.
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