Right about now you probably either feel one of two ways after a month and a half of homeschooling your children during the quarantine.
- Homeschooling isn’t so bad! I am starting to get the hang of this!
- How long do I have to keep this up? I don’t think I can take it anymore.
Believe me, you are not alone when you feel this way. Even veteran educators have bounced back and forth between these feelings after 20 years as a teacher.
Rather than try to reinvent the wheel or teach your children in a way that is not conducive to your style, you can work around it a bit. You just have to find what works best for you (and perhaps your children).
All Kids Love Technology
I remember back in the day when I was a kid and I thought an Etch A Sketch was on the cutting edge of technology. Now, toddlers can take their parents’ phones and manage it better than many adults.
Use your kids’ love of technology to your advantage while homeschooling them. There are numerous ways to do so.
Find Apps that Correspond to the Lessons
There are more than half a million educational apps out there for you to put on their Chromebook, laptop, or phone. Many of them are entirely free as well! If you do your homework and conduct the app searches, you will be able to come up with a few new apps every week for educational purposes.
Countless Educational Websites
Just like with apps, there are enough educational websites out there to keep you busy for the rest of your life. Find a few every week for your children to get involved with. You will be able to find websites for all subject levels!
Tutors Through Video Conferencing
If you believe you are doing your children a huge disservice in certain subject areas, find a tutor that can supplement your homeschooling teaching. In fact, iAchieve has tutors for all subjects and grade levels and we can definitely work with video conferencing during these troubling times.
Google Docs Is Free
Google Docs is definitely a game-changer in education. For one, it is entirely free. You won’t have to spend a dime. Furthermore, it has a word processing program, a slide presentation program, a spreadsheet program, and more. You never have to save the document either as it just consistently updates nonstop. The best part is that it is all contained in the cloud. Instead of having your children handwrite a report on a topic like Dr. Seuss’s most famous books, you can have them type up the report and then create a Google Slide Presentation with pictures and animation to go along with it.
There are numerous digital textbooks that your children can be using that are entirely free. Plus, who is to say that your children’s textbooks at school are any better than these free digital books? Plus, it will provide you a bit of a curriculum map to follow as you figure out what your children should be learning during these next few months