Even though mainstream schools have once again resumed, you may want to plan ahead in case of more periods where your children cannot attend their regular means of education. Alternatively, you may have opted to home-school indefinitely, or simply want to give your younger child more of a head start before they go to school. To accomplish this, you may want to set up a home learning plan and get some helpful resources at your disposal.
Using Online Resources
Parents and teachers alike can gain access to both paid and free educational resources online. This means that, with the help of your printer and some good quality inkjet cartridges, you can have some authentic worksheets and information ready to aid your child’s learning. In addition to this, they may also come with answer sheets, meaning that, while your child will need to learn the subject for themselves, you do not need to make the marking process too grueling.
If your child is already of school age, their institution might also provide you with some learning tools and worksheets. While many children might be getting to grips with completing them online, sometimes it may be easier, for both you and them, for this work to be completed on traditional pen and paper, especially if you need to fit homeschooling in around your other tasks.
Some parents may feel that there isn’t enough of a broad spectrum found in free resources online and are hesitant to pay out for similar content. If you have a bit of time available, you may want to consider creating your own resources for use in your home curriculum. These can also allow you to alter the means of learning depending on your child’s own individual learning style, such as featuring more to do, or more of an audial learning session. Homemade resources will also allow you to add different topics that may interest your child more, as well as to spend more time focussing on aspects of learning they may need extra time with, rather than a one-size-fits-all model.
Just like your children would experience at school, implementing some vocational and extracurricular activities could also be beneficial, including life skills. While some of these skills may be touched on at school, depending on their age, this could be a great time to really allow them to build on their independence. Some skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and even sewing, can be vital for them to take into adulthood. Alongside this, you might also want to consider promoting positive mental and physical health too, such as through exercise, trips out, and relaxation time.
While it may be a lot of work to set up a homeschooling regime, this can benefit your child greatly. Even though their exams and university might very well be years away, helping them to prepare for educational challenges, as well as to become more autonomous, can really go a long way. By combining their learning with a bit of fun, you may be able to find the best way to help your child thrive.
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