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10 Fun Activities to Do with Kids In Between Online Classes

October 5, 2020

With the closure of schools also came the closure of playgrounds and other places where our kids could go and enjoy themselves. However, being at home doesn’t have to be ‘boring.’ Below I list 10 fun activities that don’t take up too much time and can be done with your children when they have free time after their online classes. Not only will these slow down the inevitable “mom I’m bored,” but the time spent together doing these activities may also help develop your relationship with your child. Watch educational videos together Who says learning has to stop once the online classes stop? Keeping your child engaged through other forms of education such as watching interesting videos will help keep them in the learning mindset. Play games together Bringing out the board games and the cards and sitting down as a family to play these games keeps the excitement. It also gives your child something to look forward to after their online classes. If your child played sport in school, this could be a great way to let them bring out their competitive side. Get crafty Letting your child be creative through drawing and art allows them to express themselves and fosters mental growth. Giving your child this opportunity allows them to try out new ideas and new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Exercise together Find fun ways of staying active with your child, such as dancing or yoga classes. Studies have shown that kids who are physically fit are more able to handle physical and emotional challenges. It can also give them a feeling of accomplishment so they’re more ready to learn. Allow them to cook with you Teaching your child valuable life lessons such as cooking can help them prepare for their future. It can be something as simple as weighing out the ingredients, so that they can have fun in the kitchen while still staying safe away from knives and heat. Have an indoor picnic You can take the food you made together and have a picnic in your house as a little change from the regular dining table meals. Doing this also teaches your child the reward of enjoying the meal you cooked, and how the hard work is worth it. Practice a new skill Learning something other than what your child is being taught in online school keeps them well-rounded. Helping them learn something new like juggling or origami also gives them something to show off to their friends once physical school starts up again. Let them present their learnings Allow them to get creative with what they’ve learned. Encourage them to make their own interesting presentations about what they learned in their online classes. Showing that you care about their learning motivates them to pay attention to new information. Introduce them to chores What better way to teach your child the importance of chores and how to do them than when you’re stuck at home? It can be as simple as encouraging them to tidy up after themselves, so they learn a sense of responsibility. Let them rest Finally, let your child rest so they have time to recover from their online classes and they feel more energized for activities later in the day.

How to Create a Productive Learning Space at Home

September 4, 2020

One of the main struggles of homeschooling parents today is figuring out how to effectively engage their children in their studies. Parents who have been to their child’s classroom know the value of a colorful and visually pleasing educational space. It’s important to replicate this at home to help develop your child’s creativity. This can also help maintain your child’s focus and help him stay motivated to learn. Here’s how:  1.    Separate the learning space. You don’t need a big room to create an effective learning space for your child. A simple table in the corner of the room will work just fine. The key is consistency. Ensure that your child only uses this space for learning so that they can stay focused when completing their tasks.  2.    Learn what works for them. Parents understand the pressure of creating the “perfect” learning space. However, what’s more important is creating it specific to your child’s needs. This way, he will be more willing to do his tasks. For example, place images or colors that your child likes around the area. Also, if your child prefers to work in a quiet space, make sure that he is far from any noises.  3.    Lessen distractions. As a parent, I’ve learned that less is more. Too many toys scattered around the room may distract your child from focusing on his studies. With at-home learning spaces, it is best to keep the room as organized as possible.  4.    Make it comfortable. Like adults, children will work better when they feel better. Therefore, make sure that your child is comfortable by playing quiet music or giving them a soft pillow while studying.  5.    Provide visuals. Our brains are naturally stimulated by visuals. This said, put creative and inspiring images such a maps or animal posters around your child’s learning space. Doing so can help him focus on educational topics that may be useful to him. While it’s important to spark your child’s interest, remember not to overdo it by putting too much information around him.  You know your child’s needs better than anyone, so remember to approach learning at home with a positive attitude. We can do this. Good luck!

Distance Learning: Overcoming the Challenges

July 16, 2020

In the previous article, we discussed the challenges that we face as we transition to online learning. It might be a little overwhelming to some of us considering that this is the first time we’ve experienced this kind of setup. So, how are we going to overcome the stress of transitioning to online learning? How can we balance our work as well as our children’s needs? We’ve listed down a few tips to help you out. Challenge 1: Keeping children focused Your child’s dependency on electronic devices and other online activities will definitely increase with the need to be online more frequently for classes. What you can do: Before the start of their class, remind them first of how important studying is — whether it is by going physically to school or doing it virtually. Motivate and give them a reward whenever they accomplish something. A simple hug, a pat on the shoulder or even putting on a star sign on their work can go a long way to motivate them to focus and do better. Another option is to restrict your kids from switching their screens on other websites or apps. Try installing mobile apps that have the option to lock other apps you don’t want your kids to access during their online classes. For Apple users, you can visit the settings of your phone and just search for “Screen Time.” Challenge 2: Establishing a routine It can be difficult to structure your day with your child when you’re unsure what activities need to be included every day. However, this is only a short-term and temporary challenge that can be overcome with time and experienced with the ‘new normal.’ What you can do: Many of us are not familiar with how homeschooling works or how to structure a day of distance learning. Being at home means that you can do things at your most preferred time. However, this might be hard when you also have a child that you need to attend to. Make sure to set a schedule of their day and your day too, the day before. Designate certain times for learning, socials, meals, and don’t forget to set a fun time as well. When you’ve already established a schedule, make sure to stick with it. Challenge 3: Balancing work and responsibilities with teaching It’s important to cater to your own needs as well as your child’s, which can be difficult when they need extra help understanding how to adapt to this new method of schooling. However, this adaptation can happen pretty quickly and before you know it, you’ll be able to multitask even better than you currently do. What you can do: Be transparent with your company about your conflicting priorities and make sure everyone knows what they can expect from you. Balance is a huge key here, though with a lot of trial and error — and that’s okay. Putting on a boundary setting on your kids might also be a great help. Tell them that while they’re in their online class or after you teach them, you’ll also have to work on your own things. See to it that they understand the current situation in the best way possible. Challenge 4: Understanding content Understanding content that you haven’t learned in years can be daunting, but you likely have more time now to catch up on this so you can be a better teacher to your kids. What you can do: Understanding the lessons you comprehended from long ago may be different now. Therefore, stock up on the latest reading materials. There’s a lot of downloadable files out there that can help and guide you. Take this chance to discover new things together with your kids as this can add up to your bonding moments as well. Challenge 5: Reducing anxiety from real-world concerns The news can be overwhelming at the moment, but distracting yourself from it by investing your full attention to your child’s homeschooling and wellbeing can help you forget about these worries. What we can do: The overwhelming news popping out everywhere is one of the causes of our stress nowadays. Just make sure that it doesn’t consume you. Be reminded that your kids need you now more than ever. Remember too that we are all experiencing this uncertain crisis. Stay calm and don’t let this pandemic affect you and your relationship with your children. This is the time where we can get closer to our family. A blessing in disguise that we never asked for, but have come to realize, also has great benefits. No matter what your situation is, the most important thing is to optimistically deal with the trials you have no control over and be strong enough to overcome them as a parent and as an individual. Take things one day at a time and accomplish whatever you can, Mommies! We know you can do it!

Distance Learning: Challenges for You & Your Kids

July 9, 2020

With schools transitioning to online learning at home, many parents are wondering what they can do to support their child. If you’re wondering the same thing, you’re not alone. Distance Learning and Homeschooling are unchartered territories for many parents, but these challenges can easily be overcome. Here, we list those challenges so that you can prepare and ensure a swift transition from classroom learning to distance learning. Keeping children focused Your child’s dependency on electronics and other online activities will definitely increase with the need to be online more for classes, which can lead to distractions from online games. Establishing a routine It can be difficult to structure your day with your child when you’re unsure what activities need to be included in every day. However, this is only a short-term and temporary challenge that can be overcome with time and experience with the ‘new normal.’ Balancing work and responsibilities with teaching It’s important to cater to your own needs as well as your child’s, which can be difficult when they need extra help understanding how to adapt to this new method of schooling. However, this adaptation can happen pretty quickly and before you know it, you’ll be able to multitask even better than you currently do. Understanding content Understanding content that you haven’t learned in years can be daunting, but you likely have more time now to catch up on this so you can be a better teacher to your kids. Reducing anxiety from real-world concerns The news can be overwhelming at the moment, but distracting yourself from it by investing your full attention to your child’s homeschooling and wel-lbeing can help you forget about these worries. So, while these challenges may be scary or overwhelming, remember that we’re in this together. Stay tuned for the next article, where we'll talk about how to overcome the challenges we've listed here.

How to Discipline Your Kids: Different Styles Shared by Moms

May 4, 2020

In a recent article, we’ve been given a few suggestions from our fellow mom about positive parenting in raising our kids. But the question of how to discipline your kids is on a different note as well. First and foremost, you need to know the purpose of disciplining children. It should not be to punish them for what they did, but it should be to teach them why what they did was wrong. If we always make our children feel that they have to “pay” for what they did and that they can get attention from you because of it, this may become their way to get you to notice them and contest your power over them. You wouldn’t want that. These may be the fastest ways to stop their tantrums or to change their behavior. But these actions can lead to long-term effects on your kids, especially if it’s physical punishment. Now, there’s no wrong or right way, and we can’t judge how a mother disciplines her child, because our kids are different from each other. So, it’s normal that we will have different ways of disciplining children. My approach may be more effective to my children than it would be to your children or the children of our other mom friends. “Through the years, I learned that discipline across generations varies. One style does not fit all.” ~ Mommy Esmie So today, think of this list as a guide where we can base the way we discipline our kids. I recently talked to a few of my mom friends about this, so let’s see what other moms do to discipline their kids: How to Discipline Your Kids 1. Set rules. Be consistent. Establish consequences. These rules help you teach them the difference between right and wrong. Discuss this with them as early as you can, and explain why these rules are important to you and your child. The consequences shouldn’t feel like a punishment to them. This should only be a way for you to let them understand that every action or decision they make, whether good or bad, has a price, and sometimes it won’t even come from you but through natural consequences. On Setting Rules “Being a mother is not easy. I always told my two daughters to love and respect each other. I teach them as they grow some of the household chores because I believe that it is important for them to learn how to do those chores, for them to become independent and responsible people. So far, I am very proud of my daughters because, whenever I'm not with them, they know what to do and I don't need to worry.” ~ Mommy Helen “Sa money and work aspect... you need to teach your children the difference between wants and needs. Kapag needs ako ang magproprovide... pag wants, she needs to work for it ... pag ipunan niya ... para ingatan niya yung mga gamit na binibili niya. Hindi dapat lahat ng gusto ng anak ibibigay dapat matutunan nila ang value of work.” ~ Mommy Lourdes On Being Consistent “I do not believe in favorites, all the rules in the house applied to all. The way I discipline each of them varies, the approach varies, as each child is different, but the rules and guidelines are the same.” ~ Mommy Bernadette Mommy Benadette believes that some lessons are long-term and should be taught even as your kids get older. “It’s tough being a Mom. You will always have a soft spot for your kids even when they get older. I taught them to love their siblings, share everything from toys to food and books, no squabbling, and always tidy up their toys and books after playing. Over the years, I have never seen them quarrel or fight. They grew up close to each other. They share everything. Manners, their behavior at home, and anywhere we go means so much to me.” ~ Mommy Bernadette On Establishing Consequences “Grounded sila. Kinukuha namin yung toys or phones and gadgets nila and ask them to help sa bahay. Medyo old school oo, pero it helps kasi eh, lalo na nung maliliit pa sila. Kasi mas naalala nila na ayaw na nilang gawin ulit yung kasalanan nila kasi ayaw nilang makuha toys or phone nila. Pero lagi ding akong may promise na if magbehave na ulit sila for an hour or so, ibabalik ko na sa kanila.” ~ Mommy Liya “Saken mas effective yung disiplinahin ko siya through the consequences of her actions. Hindi dahil pabaya ako na nanay, pero hinahayaan ko siya kasi minsan dun lang talaga siya matuuto, lalo na nung lumalaki na siya at tumitigas na ulo. Kapag nag iinarte siya sa ulam namin, sasabihin ko hindi siya pwede magdessert. That way, natuturuan ko siya na ‘di pwedeng hindi kumain ng tama. Pero kung may nagawa siyang maganda, lagi ko rin siyang binibigyan ng prize, pero hindi ko sinasabi na condition ‘yun. If she picks up her toys nang ‘di ko kailangang sabihin, gagawan ko siya bigla ng favorite niyang chocolate drink, pero hindi palagi kasi ayoko rin siyang i-spoil. That way, I instill in her that she’ll be rewarded with her good behavior, pero hindi rin siya dapat maghanap ng kapalit palagi.” ~ Mommy Aurora “I admit, napapalo ko sila minsan. Doon na rin kasi kami nasanay ng asawa ko na mapasunod sila agad. Lalo na kapag hindi magtigil sa iyak yung mga anak ko, isang palo lang titigil na sila. Pero ngayon sinusubukan kong iwasan. Ngayon, nagtanda na din kasi sila, kaya napapasunod na sila kasi tatakutin ko silang papaluin ko or ng daddy nila kapag nagpasaway sila. Tapos ganun pa lang titigil na sila sa pagpapasaway.” ~ Mommy MC 2. Always hear them out and let them understand your side too. It would be hard to discipline your child if they feel that you’ll never listen to what they have to say. So before drawing conclusions and giving consequences, hear them out first and then discuss how you would solve the problem. “Kung pagdidisiplina sa anak ang paguusapan, mas mabuting kausapin ang anak ng masinsinan. Ipaliwanag yung maling nagawa at kung hindi makikinig o umulit lang din naman, maiging bigyan ng punishment. Pero kung maaari, ‘wag sana dumating sa point na pagbuhatan ng kamay.” ~ Mommy Mel “Whenever I scold them for doing something, I explain to them kung bakit ko sila pinapagalitan. There's always an explanation. Sometimes I even say na, ‘Ayaw kita pagalitan but you need to know na I'm doing this to teach you a lesson." ~ Mommy Camie “How to discipline my unica hija... Working mommy and daddy kasi kami, kaya usually Tita kasama niya sa bahay... Pero we see to it na kami as a parent, sinasabihan namin siya palagi na di maganda ang ganyan attitude and always reminding her not to do that bad thing... Medyo ‘spoiled’ ng unti, pero may takot pa din siya amin na parents niya.” ~ Mommy Anna “I never spanked or even shouted at them, then and until now. I talked to them on eye level. I never reprimand them in front of other people. When they misbehave and they do know when, I always tell them that we needed to talk later. A frown from me stops them normally from tantrums. I never talked to them with baby talks, but treated them like big kids. This taught them how to be responsible for their own things and taught them to be confident with themselves.” ~ Mommy Bernadette “Being a mother of two is not that easy, because I am a working mother. Hindi ko namomonitor yung ginagawa nila, especially yung bunso ko. Siya ung tipong dapat mapangaralan ng maayos kasi kung ano yung maririnig niya sayo eh ‘yun yung tatatak sa mind niya. Kaya whenever I scold them for doing something, I explain to them kung bakit ko sila pinagsasabihan. Sinasabi ko rin sa kanila na kaya ko sila pinapagalitan kasi mahal ko sila at ayaw ko silang mapahamak." ~ Mommy Shey “Simple lang, lagi kaming may open communication lalo na nung nag teenage years na siya. I would always let her open her feelings and reasons on why she did this or want to do it. When she's done, I will then explain the pros and cons of her actions.” ~ Mommy Ris 3. Be observant of their misbehaviors. See if there’s a pattern or a trigger, maybe they misbehave when you pay little attention to them, or when they’re jealous of their sibling, or maybe you forget a promise to them. Think about it and have a good talk with them. “Minsan inoobserve ko rin kung bakit siya biglang nagmamaktol. Sobrang out of the blue kasi minsan. Wala naming umaaway sa kanya sa mga kapatid niya. Walang kumuha ng toys niya. Yun pala kasi nakalimutan ko yung promise ko sa kanya nung umaga na maglalaro kami. Sa dami rin kasi ng ginagawa ko as a single mom, ang hirap rin makaalala! Pero ngayon mas nagiging observant na ko sa kanya, and it helps kasi minsan naaabangan ko na and napeprevent ko na yung tantrum niya.” ~ Mommy Jo “Being observant of my son’s behavior helped a lot. May time kasi na sunod sunod na araw siyang nagtantrum, and it was because nagselos siya sa sister niya na mas nalalaanan ko ng time, kasi yung daughter ko eh tinatalian ko pa ng buhok tapos siya suklay lang. Sobrang simple or babaw pero I realized na they are observant as well. So, I talked to him and made him understand na I love both of them equally. Kaya naging mas aware ako sa actions ko and time spent with both of them. Dapat talaga walang lalamang, dapat pantay na treatment.” ~ Mommy Maine 4. Be an example to them. Remember, your kids look up to you. They are observant as well. They think that everything you do and say would always be right, so despite the pressure, we, as parents, are the one’s who’ll set the example. “By setting a good example for your child to follow, and by establishing trust between you and your child.” ~ Mommy Jenn “Saken it’s teaching them by example. Kasi yung mga ginagawa mo, sinasabi mo, nakikita nila mga ‘yun eh. So, if pagsabihan mo sila about something they did, nakakahiya naman kapag sinabi nilang ‘Eh bakit po ikaw mommy?’ It puts a pressure on us moms, us parents rin kasi sa husband ko din, pero ganun talaga eh. How would they learn or be disciplined by you if ikaw mismo di ka disiplinado?” ~ Mommy Liya “When before, traditional parents just warn gen x kids with a single look & a loud voice, this style does not work at all for millennials. Teaching by example works better. Kids follow what you do rather than what you say. Imposing a parent’s standard will only be okay when the child ‘buys in’ - when the kid knows the benefit to him. The ‘telling’ stage is very short for millenials, they respond better when parents are more of ‘listeners’ and ‘supporters.’ I wish I learned these earlier in my life. I could’ve saved a lot of stress. On a personal note, my kids became more independent because I gave them leeway as they grew up, especially in school.” ~ Mommy Esmie 5. Call a time-out. Sometimes our kids need space too. This could be a time for them to reflect on their actions as well. You can set the time limit or let them be for as long as they want to, and then ask them to come back once they have calmed down. “Di ko na lang muna kinikibo yung tantrums niya, lalo na kapag nasa bahay lang naman kami. Di naman kasi kami mayaman, so I work from home tapos husband ko wala sa bahay all day kasi nasa work. So magiging busy ako sa pagluluto, or yung sa work ko, tapos bigla siyang mag-iiyak kasi di ko napapansin. Pero alam ko kasi na nagpapapansin lang siya eh. Tapos mamaya maya mananahimik na siya, pero umiiyak pa rin. Silent crying na lang. Tsaka ko siya tatawagin at i-eexplain ko ulit na nagwowork si mommy, pero if magbehave siya manonoud kami ng movie mamaya. And ako naman I make sure to keep my promise sa kanya.” ~ Mommy Aurora “Minsan din, ignore ko na lang muna sila hanggang sa mapagod na sa pag-iyak, lalo na kapag may inaasikaso ako bahay. Tsaka ko na sila kakauasapin at pagsasabihan kapag nanahimik na at nagmumukmok na lang sa sulok.” ~ Mommy MC “As a single mom, minsan I could only take so much in a day. Yung work ko, tapos susundin ko pa anak ko sa mama ko kasi iniiwan ko muna siya dun. Tapos yung mga need ko pa asikasuhin sa bahay pagkauwi namin, tapos bigla pa siyang magwawala at iiyak. It’s really hard. Pero one of the ways I discovered was, instead of pagalitan ko siya for disturbing me, hinahayaan ko lang siya, parang di ko naririnig yung iyak niya. It gets annoying sometimes, pero in the end, tatahimik siya tapos biglang pupunta sa kwarto. Mamaya bigla na siyang tatabi na saken at aakapin ako to say sorry, then I hug her back and tell her sorry din kasi busy pa ako. Then I tell her na we’ll bake or or do something together after yung chores, and then ask her to help me para matapos na at makapag bonding na kami.” ~ Mommy AJ 6. Give them attention and bond with them. Whether it be through small talks, one-on-one dates, playing with them, or cooking with them, don’t let a day pass without you giving them attention. Because sometimes, that’s just what they need to discourage their misbehavior. “I treat her as a friend, daughter, give her the respect and trust. Inaalam ko rin yung mga pinagkakaabalahan din nila at minsan nakikisabay din ako sa mga gusto nila. I make sure din na friend ko rin mga friends nila. What is important is to gain your children’s trust para wala siya inililihim sa akin. Try to be your children’s best friend. Try to know and adjust to their activities. Kasi iba na ang generation nila. We parents need to level up din naman.” ~ Mommy Ris “Mahirap mag disiplina ng mga kids isa isa sila may iba’t ibang mode at hilig, pero ang importante pare pareho ang pagmamahal mo sa kanila, ako kasi hindi ko sila pinapagalitan. Kung may ibang tao, sa private place ko sila kinakausap, tapos isa isa ko silang dinidate bonding kami bawat isa. Halimbawa, yung panganay ko muna yung isasama ko sa grocery tapos kain kami sa labas then doon ko na siya kakausapin. Kung ano anong mga bagay para makapag open din siya ng mga gusto niyang sabihin, pero sa panahon ngayon mahirap mag disiplina ng kids, maraming distraction.” ~ Mommy Marga There are a lot of different ways of disciplining children, we just have to know the ones that will be effective on our kids. And it should be the ones that our kids would also agree to. It may be the fastest or easiest way for you, but they may not like it, and that wouldn’t be of much help for both of you. Some of us may be recognized as the “cool mom” or the “scary mom” or the “war freak mom” in our children’s group of friends, or maybe we’re the ones being referred to when kids say, “Strict ang parents ko.” But let’s remember that in disciplining our kids, no matter how, we would always have one goal. And that’s to teach them, to guide them, and to help them understand what’s right from wrong, and the consequences both actions would lead to. But the most important thing in disciplining them is to never forget to remind them of how much we love them and that all we want is what’s best for them.

How to Prepare for Homeschooling During Quarantine

April 8, 2020

Apart from business operations, the education of children has also been greatly affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Experts say that it will take a few months before a cure can be devised and approximately a year or more for the development of a vaccine. One thing is for sure, this crisis will leave a great impact on the way we live: the way we work and the way we educate our children.  Few weeks of lockdown have passed, preparation of a system or a framework for your children could help you set up a goal for their education at home if the situation will not get better as soon as possible. A lot of things must be considered before starting homeschool for your children. Reading and evaluating information about homeschooling can be a great help for you to have an overview of this system. Children have different learning stages,so we should have different ways of teaching them.  We’ve listed down 5 things you have to consider before starting a homeschool: 1. Know the local law about the homeschooling. You can ask your government or research about the law of homeschooling in your country. In the Philippines, homeschooling is legal based on Article XIV, Section 1 (2) of the Philippine Constitution, which states that the country will “Establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels. Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children…” The Department of Education also has accredited homeschool-providers that help parents get accreditation for their homeschooled children. However, others choose to take the “independent” route wherein parents do not enroll their children in any institution and use their preferred curricula and resources. 2. Choose a homeschool curriculum that would suit your objective for your child’s education. Department of Education’s accredited homeschool-providers have a list of curricula parents can choose from. For parents who would go for an independent route, there are also a lot of educational approaches to consider and evaluate that would correspond with your goal for your child’s education. Blending several homeschool programs and technology types can add variety to your child’s schooling. Few of many education styles are: - Montessori Style (applicable for pre-school and elementary) – a framework where children can choose from various activities that can enhance useful life skills and understanding of different concepts. Principles of this style focuses on simple, clean organization; real-life application. - Charlotte Mason – an education style which do not focus solely on academics but in every aspect of life. It encourages the production of quality rather than quantity.  - Project-based – a framework whereby children are helped by adults to facilitate projects based on their interests. A successful homeschool curriculum can also be made up of the following approaches (refer to the information below) which you can mix and match to help maximize your child’s understanding and reach their full potential based on their learning needs. - Set of subjects or courses to study in improving your child’s skill set can be reviewed - Follow a guided learning program or roadmap to meet your child’s learning objectives - Use creative and technological (safe, secure, ad-free online learning environment) materials to develop your child’s learning experience. - Include engaging activities for your child: communities or group-based learning - Develop their interpersonal skills by guided communication with their siblings or other homeschoolers  3. Set realistic goals for you and your child. Establishing a goal will help you set the expectation for you and your child. However, you may want to set realistic expectations since you are both still adapting to the new system. This will avoid homeschool burnout. There will be days where you will lose your patience or your children may not meet the goals you had for them, and this is perfectly normal. It is ten times more essential to inspire a love of learning than to cram their head with facts that will most likely be forgotten in a week. 4. Know the benefits and potential drawbacks of homeschooling  Homeschooling can mean that you can personalize a one-on-one learning opportunity for your child, or you get to spend more time with your children, and you are able to protect them from negative influences they may encounter outside the home. But there are also possible drawbacks of providing your child with a homeschool framework. It can cause financial restraints; it also limits your child’s opportunities to participate in team sports or other extra-curricular activities. And it requires a lot of time, energy and resources for you and your partner. Preparing for these potential disadvantages will help you, your partner and your child in implementing and adapting the homeschool framework.  5. Set a routine depending on your homeschool curriculum Identify your learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) so you can come up with an effective routine that is based on your chosen homeschool curriculum. Schedule properly the subjects and activities your child will do for the whole week. You would want to think about how you want your days, weeks and months to look like. Having a routine will eventually help your child build a habit of learning productively.   Get free educational worksheets:


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