When I had to add homeschool parent to list of many hats as a working mom, I freaked out. I could not imagine how I was going to teach my kids and keep working a full time job at the same time. How could that be done?
Well, as any good mom would do, I made a schedule. For the first few weeks, I kept myself and my boys to a pretty consistent schedule. This allowed me to work on projects and spend time with my boys. If you want to read more how I created my own schedule, check out my ebook “SuperMom to the Rescue.”
But did not solve everything. I still needed to learn how to teach my kids school. Especially as someone who never aspired to be a teacher as many girls sometimes do. Then, I realized that I could be a homeschool parent by simplying doing one thing.
Be OK with the fact that I will not have all the answers and that is OK. Once I accepted that, I was able to learn how to teach and teach myself to be OK with not be the all knowing mother.
On the way, I learned 3 ways that made homeschooling easier and more fun for everyone. I am so happy to share these with you. I hope that even if you are nearing the end of homeschool or still carrying on during the summer, you can do so with renewed confidence.
#1 Have a Schedule
As I mentioned before, having a schedule really saved me during those early weeks of COVID-19. It can be really simple. Tell yourself mornings are for work and afternoons are for teaching. You need to have a structure mainly because your child has a structure at school too. I can tell you that my first grader could tell you his schedule during the day. Telling me that story time is after lunch was helpful. (FYI he could never remember what story was read during story time #smh).
Remember the schedule has to work for you and your kids. If there are changes at home from school, just explain what the changes are being made. Most children, even little ones, will adapt to a new schedule and stop questioning the differences in “mommy school.”
#2 Ask your Child Questions
When you are doing homeschool with your child, think of them as a sales prospect. Before you shake your head at me, hear me out. When you really want to sell your product or service to a prospect, you want to know everything about them. You ask lots of questions to find the right combination of products and services to meet their needs.
That is the same mindset you need when teaching your child. Like I said in the beginning, you may know some, but not all, the answers. If your child has trouble with an assignment, start by asking questions. Repeat back statements of the homework back in question format. Or ask why questions to help your child use his or her critical thinking to come up with the answer. This method will not only will this help you figure out what the pain point is for your child, but you might learn more about the topic as well. It might even help you discover the answer on your own.
#3 Find the Answers Together
If all else fails, Google it. Yes, a little technology will not hurt. In fact, I am sure it is how many of you do your own research at your job. How does research a company’s history or a prospect buying habits? You would do research online. What better way to show your own techniques to solving your problems with your child. Look up the answers to the homework question online. If appropriate, see if you can connect the assignment to one of your current projects. Show your child as you use the same resource to find answers for your job.
Being a homeschool parent has been one of the most challenging and fun experiences for me as a Mom. I certainly appreciate all the hard work of the thousands of teachers out and the immense value they bring to our children.
Have any fun homeschool parent experiences you want to share? Tell me your story in the comments or send me a message with your story. I always love to hear about other’s adventures in this new normal.
Remember you don’t have to be perfect, to be a perfect homeschool parent.