So schools have officially closed their doors for the next two weeks, potentially longer. Since this is not technically a vacation, children still need to learn and guess who has no officially become the teachers. That’s right, us. The parents are now trying to help their children navigate what is going on in the world as well as educate them and make sure they are actually learning something. I for one have no idea how to homeschool nor have I ever wanted to (yes, I do love them) but this is now our reality for the next couple of weeks at least.
Since I also have to work (nurse here) there will be multiple people sharing the responsibility of educating and caring for my oldest who is in third grade. Since this is new territory for most of us I decide to put a little how to and schedule together to facilitate learning.
How to homeschool when you REALLY have no idea what you are doing
I have no clue what I am doing when it comes to homeschooling my child. I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to be able to teach him or make him do school work all day everyday. Teachers know how to make learning fun for children but basing off day one experience of homeschooling my son, there was way more tears then fun to be had.
Hayden is also a hands on learner and appreciates exploration more so than strict at a desk learning. Knowing this and going off the packet that the school sent home for lessons to do while at home I created a schedule to follow each “school” day. I allowed generous amounts for free time for Hayden to chose which activities that he would like to do.
You can download a PDF here Sample Homeschool Schedule
For reference, my son is 8 years old and is in third grade. This schedule would work for kids in elementary school with some minor adjustments. For free time, I allow Hayden to chose the activities that he wants to do as long as it is educational of some sort. I also allow during free time the ability to get outside and play. Whether we go on a walk, bike ride, have a scavenger hunt or take a local adventure I feel that it is important to head out, get some fresh air and burn some energy.
Check out the list below for multiple resources to use during free time. You can also have more reading time, craft time or like I mentioned above, head outside and do something fun!
Resources for homeschooling
To download a PDF with clickable links go here Resources for free time during homeschooling
For projects you can bake, do a science experiment (check out YouTube for some fun kid ones!), work on a puzzle, build something with Legos. Anything hands on is what I am trying to get my child to work on in the afternoon. Last but not least is the dreaded math at the end of the day.
I know that this time is tough especially for those who are like me and never had any desire to homeschool and have no idea how to homeschool. Creating a schedule of your own may or modifying the one above to fit your needs may help you out just a little bit. Good luck and let me know how your unexpected home schooling adventures are going in the comments below!