One question that I’ve been asking myself ever since the Coronavirus pandemic started is ‘How can I help my child learn at home?’
This is a major concern for me because schools have been closed down for weeks now and we’re really not sure when it’ll be safe to reopen again.
So, as a mom, I’ve taken up the extra role of teaching my kids at home so they do not fall behind.
Honestly, I’ve come to appreciate my kids’ teachers more because it’s not easy to teach. Sometimes’ I’m not even sure if I’m doing it right.
If you’re like me, don’t worry this post is just for you!
I did a little research on my own on how to teach your kids at home and I found a lot of great ideas that I’ve been using.
I’m going to share them with you in this post so read on!
How To Teach Your Kids At Home
1. Create Structure
The very first thing I understood when I started this process is that kids need to have some structure in their learning.
That’s why I tried to create a schedule similar to the one they have at school.
In this schedule, they have different activities planned including playtime, recess, reading, maths, science, watching their favorite TV shows, etc all planned out.
It wasn’t easy and thankfully, I had some much needed help from my kids’ teachers to come up with a reasonable schedule.
I also utilized these free resources which I would highly recommend:
- Khan Academy schedule for school closures – This is an awesome schedule already prepared by Khan Academy for children of different ages.
- CDC tips for building structure with children – This shows how to use consistency, predictability, and follow through to build structure for your kids.
2. Create A Classroom Set-Up
As you’re teaching, you don’t want your kids distracted by pets, television, etc.
That’s why you should create some space in your house specifically for learning.
If you don’t have room for a classroom, you can make use your workspace to teach the kids.
When you have breaks in between classes, let the kids go out of the “classroom” to play just as they would in a normal classroom.
3. Reading and Writing
There are a variety of ways to easily teach reading and writing skills to your kids at home.
Read Together Everday
For my kids, we’ve developed a habit of reading together every day and after we’re done, I ask them questions about what we’ve just read to see if they’ve understood the text.
For my younger kids, I use a book with a lot of pictures just to stimulate their minds so they don’t get bored.
Use Songs And Nursery Rhymes
I realized that at school teachers use songs and nursery rhymes to help kids hear and manipulate different sounds in words so this is what I’ve also been using with my kids at home.
Singing songs and rhymes is a fun and engaging activity that your child will not get bored with quickly. That’s why they’re a great learning tool.
If you don’t know any kids’ songs and rhymes, use this:
Play Word Games
This is a great way for your kids to remember the words that they have learned so far.
But do not use complicated word games with your kids because they’ll easily get discouraged if they cannot get an answer right. Instead, use simple word games that they can easily comprehend so it boosts their morale.
Here is another great video that you can utilize to play word games with your child.
Technology Is Your Friend
Honestly, I really don’t think I would have gotten this far without technology on my side.
There are so many useful resources online that make the process of teaching much easier.
Here are some of the resources I recommend.
- Epic For kids 12 & under
- OxfordOwl Free ebook library for 3-11 year olds
- Spelling City Build vocabulary for grades 1-6
- K-12 reading list by age a list for each grade level
My kids are not the biggest fans of math so I always have a much harder time teaching it.
Over the past weeks, I’ve learned that teaching maths requires you a lot of patience and perseverance because it’s a bit harder to grasp concepts.
However, I discovered some strategies that can move the process along.
Incorporate maths in everyday activities
For example, when I’m baking with the kids, I have them count the cups of flour or tablespoons of sugar I’m using.
This actually helps them learn maths in a fun and relaxed environment.
This goes for other activities you’re doing in the house. For example, you can have them count how many baskets of laundry you have.
Use everyday objects
You really don’t have to buy anything to start teaching maths to your kids, you have everything at your disposal.
For example, you can use toys, fruits, chairs, soup cans, money… the list is endless. Your kids will have a much easier time remembering equations or numbers if you use items that they are familiar with.
If you’re teaching a toddler how to count, line up his toys and ask him to count them. If he gets it right, add two more or remove two and ask him to count. Repeat this process everyday.
There are so many games right now that incorporate some maths. These include; Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, jenga, etc.
Here are some additional resources you can use:
Here is a fun maths game using Tic- Tac- Toe
5. Physical Activities
My kids cannot sit still. They have so much energy that most days, it’s a nightmare trying to keep them calm.
So, I wanted to find fun indoor physical activities that can tire them out so I can also have a bit of rest.
I did my research and found some fun physical activities for kids that they can do indoors.
You can check it out HERE
If you want to keep your kids occupied for some time, I would recommend doing DIY crafts.
These are fun projects that you can do together as part of your learning schedule so your kids can have fun learning.
As you’re doing DIY crafts, you can blend in other learning activities such as word games, counting, sorting, colors, etc.
Teaching is meant to be a fun activity so try to make it as engaging as possible.
When your kids speak, listen to them patiently and correct them where need be.
Also, use fun and colorful learning resources like coloring books, crafts, videos etc to get your kids more interested in learning.
Finally, don’t forget to maintain your learning schedule at all times so the kids can easily adapt to learning at home.
Useful Learning Resources You Can Use:
Quizlet This is an app for making flashcards and diagrams. You can design your own flashcards and diagrams or use one that has already been created. (It’s free)
Khan Academy Contains courses on maths, science, humanities, test prep, and computing for all levels (It’s free).
Kahoot This is a game-based learning platform where your own create quizzes or take theirs.
Teachers Pay Teachers lesson plans You’ll find lesson plans which will give you a structure for teaching something specific—what needs to be learned, how it’s being taught, and how learning will be measured.