How to Help Your Child Adapt to Homeschooling

If you have recently switched from schooling to homeschooling, the transition can be slow and difficult for your child and you, mostly when it was sudden. Although homeschooling has many benefits, such as a safer environment for your children and you get to spend more time with them, some children may take time to adapt to the new arrangement. How can you make the transition easier?

How to Help Your Child Adapt to Homeschooling

Take it Slow

Your child may take time accepting that his home environment is also his school, and you now take up a teacher's role. Explain to him the reasons and benefits and help him adjust accordingly. Answer all his questions and help him deal with frustrations such as not spending more time with his friends or worrying that he will miss some school activities such as the school color explosion run.

Assure him that he will get to see and keep in touch with his friends, and together you can organize fun outdoor activities. If the homeschooling is temporary and has affected other students, let him know the reasons. For instance, the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in many students being homeschooled.

Offer a Personalized Learning Environment

Children have different learning needs and preferences. Talk to your children and make sure you meet their needs and expectations. For instance, teenagers wouldn't want to be in the same learning environment as preschools. They need a quieter space away from all the family activities. You may opt to turn one of your rooms into a study room and equip it with basic learning requirements such as a desktop, laptop, headphones, notepads, pencils, calendar, and a printer. Having a specific study space in a quieter area of your home helps create a consistent study time.

Take Up Your Role

You are no longer a parent only but a teacher as well. It's important to let your child understand when you change the role of his teacher and your expectations. Make study time a priority where you don't multitask but give all your attention to the school work. Opting for online lessons helps you be more hands-off, but you still need to supervise and program the learning time. 

Let Your Child Take Charge

Include your child in planning the study program and implement some of his suggestions. The more you involve him in creating his study program, the faster he will accept the new schooling arrangement. Also, it builds a sense of responsibility and accountability. Help your child plan his day's activities and by the end of the day, go through the list together to see what he managed to accomplish. This will encourage him to be organized and spend more time executing the scheduled activities.

Create fun activities that help you bond and improve the learning process. Celebrate each win and when faced with challenging days, don't be too hard on yourself or your child but learn how to navigate it. It's also essential to ask for help when stuck or when you need to create a workable learning program. 

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