In my last article I spoke about how the Pandemic induced homeschooling is a bit scary in terms of children missing out on much needed skills and how important it is to understand the process of teaching a skill or a concept to a preschooler. Here are 8 ways to do the process right.
- Take up an online ECCE course or Research about bench marks.
Before you start the homeschooling make sure you have enrolled yourself into a course or have researched enough about the skills and bench marks that the child has to achieve at a particular age, e.g children till 4 years should only be working on pre writing skills like scribbling, coloring, painting etc rather than start tracing letters/numbers or writing letters/numbers. Along with this also research about how to approach a concept or a skills. e.g children learn best through observation and hands on activities, so give them a lot of free play as well as material to learn from.
2. Create a Homeschooling space.
Creating a designated space for learning is very important, it helps children to understand that when we come to this space we do learn something new and do lot of activities. Personalize the space by adding child’s name or can ask child to name the space as per their choice this will give them a feeling of ownership and it will also help you to encourage them to keep the space clean and clutter free. When you start make sure for the 1st few weeks you add a lot of exciting activities in the learning corner so that children look forward to spending time there, Ideal id start with free play with lots of materials and then move to structured play and then to academics.
3. Set Specific homeschooling goals
It is very necessary to understand and set short term achievable goals so that neither you or your child is overwhelmed with all the activities that you will be doing. Preschoolers attention span is very less so make sure the activities that you plan are not very long ideally you should wind up individual activities within 5 minutes and a set class within 20 minutes. Children cannot focus more than this so if you want to do more then take a 15 minutes break and conduct one more class for 20 minutes.
4. Create a Schedule
Creating a visual schedule for young learners is very important. You can also create visual schedules for the whole day. A lot of time parents complain that children are very cranky or are tagging along the parent and not playing on their own. Crankiness can also be due to not knowing what to do next, there are times when children have no clue about what’s coming up next if you put up a visual schedule then children will look forward to doing the activity coming up next, e.g if there is a family play time planned during the day and you have told the child that we are going to play this game today, the child will come and ask again and again when are we going to play because they do not understand the time yet, but if you have mentioned in the visual planner that the family play time is after dinner then the child will, look forward to dinner time as well as will be excited to wait for the family play time to start.
5. Invest in a curriculum or a child kit
If you are planning to start the homeschooling and are planning to do it only for one year then it is very necessary that you follow a set curriculum which includes all the skills, concepts and benchmarks that the child needs to achieve. Also look for a homeschooling program or kit that comes with Assessments and certification do not look for only activity kits as they will not have a progression and you will not know where the child stands in terms of skills and concepts. Go for a program that gives you monthly lesson plans, shows progression for the subjects and has interactive child kit with manipulatives, along with reading and writing material and not only text books and workbooks. Also look for live training sessions rather than recorded one’s.
6. Be Consistent
Homeschooling is not going to be easy it will need your consistent efforts and dedication. It is human nature that we start something with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm but somewhere it fizzles out, same might happen in homeschooling as it is a year long journey so being consistent in your efforts and instructions to the child as it is going to play a major role in having a successful homeschooling year.
Lastly, enjoy this homeschooling journey with your child and make sure you are doing it right.