How To Be A Confident Homeschooler

With schools around the UK not set to reopen their doors until March 8th at the earliest, parents everywhere will have to continue homeschooling their little ones for a few more weeks - so it’s important to stay as positive as possible, with light now at the end of the tunnel.

Homeschooling can be incredibly tricky, especially if you’re not used to it. After all, the memories of our own school days have probably faded into the background somewhat and a lot of what we learned when we were students at desks may well have been forgotten.

What if your child needs help with something you don’t understand or that you’ve simply forgotten how to do? The horror!

One of the key points to remember when you are homeschooling if you want to keep your confidence levels up is that you’re not a qualified or experienced teacher. You will never be able to do their job and you’ll never be able to do it as well as they can - all you can do is your best.

You’re learning at the same time as your child under these tricky circumstances and remember that learning always takes time, so always praise yourself and your children for the small successes, no matter what they are.

Setting yourself realistic goals is the key to success while homeschooling at the moment, especially if you have to juggle work at the same time. Prioritise the core subjects like maths and English, and do your best to be creative in your approach to keep your kids engaged.

And, as with anything, a routine is absolutely essential. Kids thrive when they have structure to their day, so have a specific time to get up and consider having an official lunchtime, as well as break times so it mimics the school day in some way.

You may also find it helpful to make use of resources like educational subscription boxes, which can help you create fun, engaging and educational learning experiences.