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My 3-year-old was all set to join preschool this year. With the whole world suffering through a pandemic and schools being shut, all our plans went down the drain. That left us with two options; either go for distance learning offered by the nursery or homeschooling. Distance learning was an absolute no, as it meant longer screen time for the children. So that meant I had to homeschool my three-year-old.
When I started to look for inspiration on social media, I found a very disturbing trend of people promoting expensive toys or resources which are not affordable by many. Therefore, I decided not to look too much into it and go with the flow.
Homeschooling does not mean having to shift the whole schooling process home. Rather, it refers to creating a learning environment from morning to night, at home. Here are some key points I found helpful while homeschooling my daughter.
- The first step you need to do as you begin your journey of homeschooling your child is to prepare yourself first. Make a daily, weekly and monthly plan which contains the topics you want to introduce to your child, the objective of the topic and the desired outcome. You can use a book or a file to serve as your planner.
- Teach when your child is in a good mood. A well-fed and well-rested child is easier to handle and communicate with. Also, make sure you are in a good mood too.
- Be flexible with timings and curriculum. After all, flexible timing is one of the main advantages of homeschooling. Do not force the child at any point in time.
- There is absolutely no need for costly resources. Look around you and use what you have. You just have to be innovative and creative. From toys to crayons to inexpensive DIYs, anything can be converted into learning materials.
- Opt for activity-based learning with the help of toys and colours. This develops the child’s interest in learning.
- The Internet can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Choose bloggers or sites that are genuine and easy to follow, rather than those promoting expensive products.
- Finally, have fun with it. Do not over complicate things for you or your child. The objective is the overall development of the child and not academic success.
Homeschooling can be a great learning experience for your child, when done right. It can also strengthen the bond between parents and kids! Happy Parenting!
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