Strategies for Learning at Home: Enjoy the Flexibility!
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There are several benefits of learning at home, whether homeschooling, virtual schooling, or any other form of nontraditional education. They include flexibility, personalization, and even better work-life balance.
Learning at home is not the same as “public school” at home. There is no need to replicate the public school model. It does not work well for most families and students and is not likely to be nearly as healthy.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to flexibility! When, how, and where your child learns is completely up to you! Once you embrace the flexibility of learning at home, you may want to implement some methods to help you and your child on this journey. Here are some suggestions.
Setting goals is probably one of the best ways to keep students engaged in their work, especially if you set these goals together.
Goals make the direction of their learning clear and help them take small, actionable, and tangible steps to achieve them. These tangible steps will ultimately give them more motivation because it makes the bigger goal seem achievable and with each step completed, they’ll be excited that they’re getting closer to reaching their goal.
At the beginning of the school year or school semester, you and your child can write down 3 goals on a piece of paper or an index card. From there, you can write 3 small steps your child can take to reach that goal by the end of the semester or year.
Hang these goals, along with their steps, up on their wall, by their window, or wherever your child is able to see them everyday. That way they’ll be reminded of them on a daily basis.
Break The School Day Into Chunks
Overwork and monotony can cause stress and boredom in a child’s school day. This is why it’s important to take breaks throughout the day and add variety to their school schedule.
In their schedule, try to have breaks that include physical activity, such as walking or running to get your child moving around, the heart pumping, and the blood flowing. Fresh air and exercise can help with their energy levels making them more likely to pay attention and stay focused on their studies. It also allows for that mental break to just have fun!
Another trick to try is to schedule their least favorite course or the hardest course first thing in the morning while their brain is still fresh. That way, it’ll be easier (and faster) to get the hardest task out of the way and you can reward them with fun activities later on!
All in all, being flexible with how, where, and when your child learns will bring them success. Whether you’re new to this type of learning or have been doing it for years, it’s important to try various strategies to ensure that you find what works best for you.
And Strike School is here to help! If you’re looking for support in your child’s educational journey or looking for a virtual school for grades K-12, feel free to reach out to us!
Furthermore, this summer we’re offering several interactive learning opportunities that’ll keep your child engaged while in summer school. Learn more about our options HERE.