If the first half of the year has taught us anything, it’s that home-schooling isn’t for the faint-hearted!
It’s incredibly demanding, and the amount of pressure we’re under to get it right and provide interesting and engaging lessons is immense.
One of the biggest struggles home-schooling parents face is keeping their children interested in their lessons and education.
It’s not easy when all the things they love are at home and are keeping them distracted, so what’s the solution?
4 Ways To Keep Your Child Engaged During Home-Schooling
If you’re trying to help your child catch up with their studies, or you’re concerned about another potential school closure, check out the following advice for keeping your child engaged and interested during home-schooling.
1. Have all the right equipment
Your child is quickly going to lose focus if you spend fifteen minutes looking for a pen or you can’t print anything out from the school resources pack.
Having everything you need, and the right equipment is essential for keeping your child engaged and for helping them to learn.
If you don’t have the right equipment, then now is the time to stock up. When was the last time you checked your Printer Ink supply?
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to print out what you need!
Stock up now to keep your children academically engaged and interested in their learning journey.
2. Include maths in everyday scenarios
If your child’s eyes begin to glaze over when you move onto maths, then don’t worry.
If your child is finding maths particularly challenging, then you may be anxious about them missing out on vital support.
However, there is a solution. By keeping math fun and including it in everyday scenarios, you can help your child work with maths problems in a fun and engaging way.
Consider baking a cake and discussing the measurements and volumes involved.
If they’re working on graphs, create a graph that includes their favourite characters or toys.
Or, sharing and dividing candies or slicing up that pizza for lunch for fractions will go down a treat!
Keep it fun and light-hearted, and they won’t even know they’re learning.
3. Let them choose their home-schooling topic
Do they love dinosaurs? Insects? A particular author or filmmaker?
Whatever your child’s interests, consider dedicating one afternoon to that particular topic.
Help them to conduct research, put together a presentation, draw their findings, correlate information and watch them discover something new about their favourite topic.
It’s a welcome break from all things curricular, yet it helps keep them focused and in an educational mindset.
4. And finally, find science in the everyday
You don’t need Bunsen burners, beakers and crucible tongs to get them into science.
It’s impractical and probably not very safe.
Thankfully, there are simpler and equally effective ways to keep your child engaged in scientific theories and findings.
Consider planting seeds and following the process, find out why the trees in the back yard are losing their leaves, make a baking soda volcano, or check out some light refraction in a water bottle.
Science is everywhere, you just need to help them to see it.