Please share with your friends.

Going back to school is going to look very different this Fall. However, I’d like to help you prepare for homeschooling instead of going back to school.

As the school year gets started, transitioning will be hard as there’s a lot parents need to do, so things go as smoothly as it can for your child.  I remember what it was like when I was getting my kids ready, not to mention all I had to do to get my classroom ready. We led such hectic lives during those years. { It sure wasn’t easy ! }

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to share some “tricks” that I learned the hard way. {smile} I wanted to provide this quick list of things that need to be done before the school year starts. Hopefully some of these may apply to you whether you’re kids will be virtual , going back into the classroom full time, or maybe you’re homeschooling? So many uncertainties, so many choices, so much to consider! I hope these will help.

Please reach out to your child’s  teachers or anyone else you think may be important. Once your school has decided what format they will be using you will have to prioritize your day. Your child’s teachers needs to also understand what the home environment is like if you are keeping your child at home.  Is your internet service a good one, are they providing electronic devices, do you also have to work? You need a schedule, but remember you don’t have to create a full classroom experience. { Are you smiling? }

 

  1. The 1st thing I would do is create a schedule big enough for your child to see. If your child is young then use images, otherwise just write it out for the older ones.
  2. Then create your schedule with your child for the school day and stick to it.
  3. I remember when my son broke his leg and we had a tutor come to the house, the tutor broke learning into smaller times with breaks so he wasn’t bored.
  4. Maybe you could do subjects in different rooms to mimic a school setting.
  5. CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT HYGIENE (AND COVID) WITH YOUR KIDS.
  6. Even if they don’t go back to the classroom … Remind, Remind, Remind them to wash & sanitize!!!
  7. Make their annual doctors appointments. Most doctors are just getting back to an almost full time schedule, but don’t wait too long or you will be waiting for weeks!
  8. Get their clothes ready the night before, and start a bedtime routine! The sooner the better.
  9. We aren’t prepared for what the school year will be like so make sure you talk to your child to reassure them parents and schools are doing the best they can through these stressful periods. When you’re honest with them and prepare them you can be sure they will adjust.
  10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST ALWAYS TRY TO BE POSITIVE. THAT ALONE SHOULD CALM THEIR FEARS.

What have you been doing to prepare for school?

Here are some resources for homeschooling I think will be valuable for you to be successful.

https://hslda.org/post/7-simple-steps-to-start-homeschooling

https://www.howtohomeschool.net/homeschool-advice/homeschool-success-stories

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/faces-homeschooling-families-approaches-50740799

 

FINALLY, I’D LIKE TO SHARE A FRIENDS START TO HOMESCHOOLING. LOOK AT THE JOY IN THESE PICTURES

This is from my friend, Marsha Questel.
As you can see, she has quite a background!

 

 

‘I feel like this thing is never done so, although I don’t know if our school is truly “finished,” I’m ready to announce:

??Welcome to Brooktree Elementary!!??  

We are 100% homeschooling this year and we have already been doing lots of learning (when we want, how we want!)

This isn’t the school I planned on running this year, but I’m out-of-my-mind, super-duper, ridiculously, excited about it!!!! We love decorating our space and just hanging in it. I think I’m going to throw some white Christmas lights up and/or maybe add some other lighting.

 

I have to also reorganize the shelves and storage closet. I am truly loving taking my kids education into my own hands and I feel like this is somehow our silver lining to this pandemic (although I truly wish it never happened, this is the joy I’m finding in it!).

 

I’ve got tons of materials, and I think we will be defined as “eclectic homeschoolers,” not 100% “unschooling,” and- of course- there will be science behind my teaching strategies ? #appliedbehavioranalysis#educationscience

Trying to incorporate #Spanish and #ASL

 

What have you decided to do to prepare for your child for school? ?

Are you home homeschooling? ??

Doing Virtual ? ?

Sending them back to the classroom? ?

Inquiring minds want to know! ?