There you are! One time you were a “just” a parent and now you are the teacher too. It’s a bit of an adjustment but you will do just fine, and here is some help.
There is an abundance of help on the internet in like-minded groups and forums, as well as more formal online help.
Around the web you can find free resources, lesson plans and homeschool “setup” guides. Resources like Google or Zoom (or similar) classrooms for live groups. Setting up a homeschool routine around these forums is the next phase.
When Kids Need a Break While Homeschooling
Regular schools schedule recess in morning and afternoons but generally, most of us need a quick fidget break every 15 minutes. As adults we learn to sit for hours on end but studies show that taking a quick movement break every 15 – 20 minutes actually increases alertness and productivity.
Finding ways to incorporate “learning in motion” with your kids will help them focus on their lessons for longer. Some homeschooling moms are even taking outside singing breaks with the kids to help them burn off excess fidgeting.
Online Free Education Websites
Check out some of the Facebook groups with educational resources. There are spreadsheets available to download as well as math, history, reading, geography, and more downloads to help manage your teaching day.
Don’t forget to check out the Google apps too made just for teachers that you can download.
Learn-at-home websites have free online lessons available to download applicable for K – 12. These will get you through the first 20 days before you need to pay for additional lesson plans and resources.
Another important resource to not overlook is your child’s current school they are already enrolled in. Many of the public and private schools are scrambling to put together online classrooms for their regular students. Here you will find their age specific curriculum materials.
Free Textbooks: these can be found through several grant and charity entities that collect and purchase textbooks and audiobooks for the kids who can’t afford the expense of buying their own.
Educational libraries also have a number of relevant educational materials for loan.
Help for Grade School Homeschooling
The younger kids will need to have the free resources made available from their districts. Also found are free video games that incorporate math learning in a more “fun” way.
TV channels like PBS have great educational resources for the kids. Other places to check out is printing places Facebook pages like Random House.
For creative lesson ideas and activities there is Kiddie Academy. Science lessons are offered at Mystery Science.
For a more formal series you can check out TED-Ed where they have generated animation videos from educators lessons.
It isn’t just the kids who need help either. You too as as the new “Teacher-Parent” might want some guidance. Fortunately YouTube is an incredible place to find just about all the help you need.
Help for Middle School Homeschooling
As the kids get older they will start to show what subjects they “shine” in. In some cases they will need advanced math materials not commonly available in a public school program.
Entertaining education from the Kennedy Space Center 3 days a week they have a Facebook live presentations.
Help for High School Homeschooling
Young adults getting prepared to graduate high school and move into employment or university will benefit from the free educational materials offered by their local colleges.
Current events are discussed by Ari Shapiro of NPR with scheduled homework.
Homeschooling Help for Everyone
Kids of all ages can benefit from the free access to Audible. They have partnered their Audible Stories platform with Wizarding World and JK Rawling so you can stream all sorts of adventures including Harry Potter and more.
Another streaming place to look is Pinna where they are giving away access for 2 months for free.
Taking Lessons Outside
Going outside a couple times a day will help both you and your kids. You can use this for just a recess time or incorporate learning periods with the outside world.
On fine days they can sit in the grass and read or write in their workbooks. It might be nice to leave the laptops inside so you can fully enjoy nature around you.
Checkout “Tinkergarten” for some outdoor learning ideas.
Consider bringing music education into the homeschooling day too. You don’t have to know how to play an instrument or sing well to enjoy music class. Simple singalongs and alphabet style songs are fun for everyone. This makes for a great outdoor activity.
Check out the music video and streaming sites so you can download the music to your iPhone. Music sheets and accompanying lessons can be found all over the place. Why not learn to play guitar this year?