The pandemic has forced a homeschool approach for families, and more parents are deciding to forgo the traditional classroom even after things are back to normal. Flexibility, student-centered learning, quality of education, and convenience top the list of homeschool benefits. But students must learn, and that means having to complete assignments and being evaluated on their progress. Classwork and homework, however, don’t have to be stiffly regimented chores; with a little creativity, homeschool parents can get through the process painlessly.
School isn’t the only place for children to get an education. In times like these, many parents have quickly learned that when children are at home, you’re their teacher. But that doesn’t mean home needs to feel like a classroom or that everything should be a lesson.
With so many of us battling busy schedules in order to spend time with our loved ones, it’s no wonder that we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to fit in everything we want to do. For parents, it can be especially difficult to strike a good balance between work, home responsibilities, and spending quality time with the children.
Parents are becoming more and more responsible for parts of their children’s education. Supplementing what they learn in school is the best way to help the knowledge stick. When it comes to the sciences, some kids are more interested than others. Here are 10 activities guaranteed to excite and educate even the most reluctant learner.
As an increasing number of parents and caregivers take up the educator mantle, there’s more interest in teaching subjects like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from home. Luckily, you don’t have to be a science buff to teach your kids about these topics. Earth sciences are particularly well-suited for at-home learning. For instance, you might take a family field trip to explore rocks in your backyard or the terrain in your neighborhood.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may struggle with keeping their train of thought on one track. They may get fidgety, move around in their seat, or generally seem disinterested in what’s going on in the classroom. Turn the classroom into a home environment, and there are that many more distractions. But never fear, parent-educator, with a few changes to your teaching strategy, you can enjoy a successful homeschool year despite ADHD.
Taking your kids fishing is not only a fun way to bond, it’s also a great way to teach your kids important lessons. Fishing teaches your kids how to appreciate nature, as well as patience, conservation, biology, following directions and fine motor skills— all relevant to learning about science. Transform your next fishing trip into an exciting science lesson with these 10 tips.
More than 30 million children in the United States attended school online in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the upper respiratory illness that has impacted every corner of the globe. With schools potentially closed through the end of the school year, if not longer, most teachers are rapidly shifting to online classrooms. Educators and parents are suddenly finding themselves navigating waters that are uncharted for most of us.
When you can’t leave the house, it’s easy for every family member to go a little stir crazy. The good news is that there are hundreds of opportunities to expand your horizons from the comfort of home. Whether your family is itching to visit a museum, take a trip to the aquarium or zoo, catch a hit Broadway show, listen to live music, or break a sweat with a fun workout, these online activities will cure kids, teens, and adults of their cabin fever.
As parents become increasingly involved in directing their kids’ education at home, it’s completely understandable if you feel a little lost at first. Luckily, there’s a wealth of online resources to help you make the most of this time with your children. Proven, teacher-approved science experiments can be fun and educational for the entire family.