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March 20, 2020 Friday 12:27:25 PM IST

Tips for homeschooling during the coronavirus outbreak

Parent Interventions

Child psychologist Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., of Children's National Hospital, USA provides parents with tips for homeschooling while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

1. Make a plan!

This can be a weekly plan or even a daily plan. Importantly, have your kids help you create the plan. This is a great way to teach them how to organize their work and break it up into manageable chunks. And, if they have a say in what they do and when they do it, they will also be more invested in doing the work. Map out what work needs to be done each day and about when in the day you want to do it.

As you are making the plan, think about what might work best. If you are like me and have multiple children but limited computers, plan for one to be doing computer work while the other does reading or a paper worksheet.


Also, consider alternating when kids are doing work that they will need the most help with. Having everyone work on their hardest subject at once will spread parents too thin. For example, if math is tough for your kids, have one kid work on math while the other is doing a subject that can be done more independently.

Don’t forget to plan on breaks! Make sure kids have downtime, breaks for lunch, and a change of scenery, even if it means moving from the kitchen to the living room.

2. Have motivators!

We all work better if we are working for something fun. Plan challenges and rewards. For example, if we all focus and get through our to-do list, we get to do a fun family activity or your child can pick what’s for dinner. Make it fun if possible.


3. Don’t forget health and wellness!

So many kids who are usually active at recess, in sports teams or playing with friends are going to get a lot less physical activity and may be tempted to graze throughout the day. Keep structured sleep, meals, and snacks. Make sure to plan in physical activity too! There are tons of good kid exercise or dance videos on YouTube or other streaming services.

Between chunks of school work, turn on an exercise or dance video or have a dance party. You’ll be amazed at how everyone’s mood lifts and stress drops. Consider also having breaks for meditation or deep breathing. It will help you manage as well.



(Written by: Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D. on https://riseandshine.childrensnational.org/tips-for-homeschooling-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/)


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