This school year has started off a little different for many of us. While many of our kids are staying home to attend school virtually, some of us parents are also working remotely home. We are playing multiple roles this year – such as parenting, working moms, and teacher.
With taking on another role as a teacher, our mom-life has been a little more stressful and sometimes perhaps frustrating. Not knowing when our kids will be heading back to what seems like olden times of school, we parents need to help make school at home more of normalcy for our kids, our family, and definitely ourselves.
If your kids are attending school virtually this year, take a look at these 10 amazing at home school kids to help make things a little easier at home.
1. Create a Morning Routine
Plan ahead by using a schedule to get ready in the morning. It’s a great way to plan who will shower when and what will be eaten for breakfast. Creating a morning routine will help get everyone at home to focus on their schoolwork and if you are needing to work for home as well.
2. Start Making Lists
Make a list for each child. You can keep it in a notebook. This is a great place to list each of your child’s needs and know what is going on with each one of them. You can use this list to communicate with your child, their teachers, etc.
3. Make a School Hub
Dedicate an area of the household that is for focusing on school work. This will help your child build in accountability of doing their schoolwork and a place you can go check on them throughout the day.
4. Shop on Amazon
Amazon is a great place to order things online. If you are an Amazon Prime member then you can quickly get them. This will help save you much time for running out to the store and picking everything up. Sometimes you might not even get these items at stores due to the low stock most stores are having during the pandemic.
5. Give Chores to the Kids
Get the kids involved more while they are at home by doing some chores around the house. This will also help take some stress off your shoulders. Kids can start at a young age to learn easy chores and it teaches them responsibility as well.
6. Use a Planner
Using a planner for each kid is a great way to keep track of their school work and when assignments are due. You can also teach them how to use planners properly too.
7. Daily Exercises
Being cooped up in the house all day is going to take a toll on everyone’s’ mental health at some point. It’s important everyone gets daily exercise to keep healthy.
If you have little kids consider adding daily outside playtime. The fresh air is great for their health and also taking breaks for them to play and be creative.
8. Talk to the Kids
Talk to your kids about how things are going. This is super important if you have older kids. They will have opinions about how things are going.
9. Sources for Learning
Are you looking for other sources to help your children there? There are tons out there. Here are some to help you get started:
- Netflix Documentaries: There are many documentaries from history to science to nature and more.
- Audiobooks: Audiobooks are a great way to bring excitement to reading and a fun activity for the family to do together too.
- Online Games: There are many games online to help make learning fun, such as Reflex Math, Cool Math, and Spelling City.
- YouTube: YouTube is filled with all kinds of things your children can watch and learn about.
- Google: Google is another great resource to search for different topics. Your children can easily search through Google. Make sure you are there in case they need parental advisory.
10. Menu Planning
The last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day – with the kids at home for school and if you are working from home – is figuring out what is for dinner. Instead, plan ahead by menu planning your weekly dinners.