Saturday 18 September 2021


 Homeschooling is a growing trend that has increased significantly over the past two years. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK alone has seen an increase of 40% in just three years, and the United States currently has almost 3 million homeschooled children. 

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The data for homeschooling shows the method to increase academic performance over a classroom education with an additional 10% graduation rate.

Whether you are a homemaker, a stay-at-home dad, or employed, teaching your children is challenging. It takes a lot of planning and training and is very demanding of your time. However, there are perks, such as setting goal oriented education, teaching your children your way and working your kids' education around your own time and theirs.

Sometimes there may not be enough time, but you can cram in a little more education in various ways.

Get a Little Help from Qualified Tutors

There's nothing wrong with asking for a bit of help from time to time. But, as with most things, when you homeschool, life sometimes gets in the way. And when it comes to your children's education, time is vital since you need to plan your lessons accordingly. Any deviation from your plan could cause significant disruption to the flow of a well-planned curriculum.

Apps like Zoom and Teams have seen widespread use during the pandemic. They are excellent for communication and perfect for online learning. Also, there are many teaching specific platforms such as Udemy Teachable. Live teaching is a perfect way to get a little extra education when you aren't available. Many qualified tutors teach maths and physics online, for example, for a nominal fee.

Set Extra Homework Assignments

Of course, setting extra work is an excellent way to assess your child's ability to understand a given topic. It also provides a platform for assigning some work in advance when you know you will be unavailable. The beauty of homework is that it can be anything you like as long as it relates to your chosen curriculum at an appropriate level.

However, when setting homework, you should aim for a consolidation and review approach and try not to include anything new into the work. Instead, homework should be assigned so that your child can grasp a broader understanding of a given concept. This helps the student understand what they have learnt that day to remember how to apply.

Incorporate Learning into Play Time

Maybe not one for older students, but a beneficial method for young children is incorporating topical subjects and learning into their playtime. Since most psycologists agree that playtime allows children to express and explore their creativity, adapting playtime for learning should be done in such a manner.

Therefore, any playtime activities planned for use as an extra part of the curriculum are best approached in a non-logical way. This doesn't mean that subjects such as math or science cannot be explored while playing, just that they should be adapted differently to the classroom. Such as the use of bright colours, flashcards and hands-on fun experiments.

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