8 Strategies for Parents Who Are “Homeschooling” During Coronavirus

Parents all over the country are finding themselves in uncharted territory: attempting to “homeschool” during a global pandemic. Suddenly in the role of CEO (Chief Education Officer), many parents are feeling pressure to create an environment similar to the school settings their kids are used to. Kids might be resistant to completing work or shut down completely (totally normal, by the way) when academic tasks are presented, creating frustration for everyone involved. But here’s the bottom line: this is not normal. We cannot create identical schooling experiences at home when there’s a global pandemic going on and we’re working from home simultaneously or dealing with numerous other life stressors. So if you find yourself frustrated over resistance with homeschooling during coronavirus, I hope you find these tips helpful and encouraging along the way.

Trying to figure out homeschooling during coronavirus process when your plate is overflowing or your child is showing resistance? Check these tips!

Homeschooling During Coronavirus

1. Pull Back

Take a step back and focus on the basics. How is your child feeling right now? How is she coping? How is he expressing those emotions? Focus on connecting and relationship bonding first. Those strong bonds between you are the most important protective factor during this unpredictable time and will set the foundation for anything else you accomplish later. Consider setting up a designated space in your home for calming and regulating together.

2. Lower Your Expectations…

…of your child and yourself. You are both going through a literal trauma. It’s okay if schoolwork isn’t the top priority each day or if you feel like you’re just surviving through the day. School is 7-8 hours a day, and it just isn’t reasonable to expect yourself or your child to do schoolwork for that long at home each day. It’s okay if all you do today is eat and wear pajamas.

3. Aim For Just One Thing

If the long list of school tasks feels impossible or overwhelming, aim for completing just one task. Knock out one math game or one journal prompt. Celebrate your small victory and successes! As you recognize that your child is comfortable with this, try adding one more if you want/can.

4. Offer Choices

Whenever possible, offer your child choices. Let them pick their own clothes (or daytime pajamas!). Give them 2 options for breakfast if possible and go with their choice. Let them choose which assignment they’ll complete first (and stick with their choice, even if they’re choosing an elective class first!). Give them a small sense of control over the little things they actually can control when things outside feel out of control.

5. Games Win

Whenever you can, turn school tasks into games! Make a sight word hopscotch. Do a match dice game. Turn anything you can into a game! And check with your child’s teacher to find out what kind of learning games they use in the classroom – you might be able to easily adapt these with supplies you have on hand at home for a familiar experience for your child.

6. Play School

For your younger child, pretend to be your child’s teacher or let an older sibling or cousin take on the role. Let your child play himself or play the role of a friend in class. Make it an imaginative activity while also learning!

7. Switch Roles

Let your child take the lead! She can pretend to be any teacher from school and create her own lesson to teach you or a sibling. Give her the freedom to teach anything she wants!

8. Communicate with School Staff

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your child’s teacher and counselor to talk about struggles with completing any assignments. Let them know that you might need to modify the work expectations and outcomes for your child given the, you know, global pandemic and trauma. They’ll understand and likely have more ideas for you to help your child approach the tasks!

Remember: we can’t expect the same things of ourselves and our kids right now while homeschooling during Coronavirus times. We’re all under a great deal of stress and sometimes it’s okay to just focus on survival and getting through the day. Give yourself and your child space and grace to focus on what you can control right now and find small opportunities to make things fun!

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