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Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, more and more schools have moved to remote learning. In some cases, the schools are still operating as normal but parents are deciding to pull their children out and educate them from home. After all, they managed at the peak of the pandemic – why not see how they get on going forward?
The problem is that many parents have no choice but to work from home at the same time, and facilitating their child’s’ learning while trying to work can be a very challenging balancing act. Here, we look at some strategies to help you to navigate this so that you can ensure your children are getting a rounded education while you keep ahold of your job.
Decide on your method of education
Conteary to popular belief, there are many ways of providing your children with an education from home. It is not a case of workbooks at the kitchen table. That is the beauty with homeschool – it can be as strict and rigid or as flexible and loose as you and your children want it to be.
If your children are sticking with the education provided by your local school but choosing to work remotely, you may have less choice over what you study and how, but if you are going it alone – well, the world is your oyster! You could look at unschooling – unrestricted learning following a child’s stage of development and personal curiosity, in their own time. You could also look at various schemes and online schools, such as forest schools or other methods of alternative homeschooling.
Talk about the division of labor and responsibility
If you are in a two-parent household, it is vital that you discuss how homeschooling will work with your partner or co-parent. If one of you needs to work at home with no distraction for a period of time each day, can the other parent arrange to go to a homeschooling group or for a field study trip out of the house? Is one parent more flexible than the other?
It is essential that you work together as a family and schedule your days together. If you are balancing homeschool and working from home, it can be difficult to carve out time for you and your hobbies and interests. Making sure that the needs of everyone are catered for are important.
Set clear boundaries with your children
When parents and children are at home all day sharing a small space, the lines between ‘teacher’ ‘worker’ and parent can become easily blurred. If you are working and need to not be interrupted, perhaps wear a ‘work shirt’, so your children know you are in the role of the employee for that time.
Working from home and educating your children at home can bring about some challenges, many of us which you can only deal with as and when they crop up. However, these tips can get you started off on the right foot.