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homeschooling. Educating a child is a hard role. It can bring extra stress into the relationship, and that can be scary to face as a parent. Being a parent is hard enough, and to add the extra stress of educating your child can just seem silly and unnecessary.
It’s okay to take a break from being their teacher to be their parent in the middle of a math lesson. When you see your child struggling, pause the teacher role and turn on the parent role. It may feel weird and awkward at first, but the more you do it, you’ll find the two roles meld into one seamlessly.
Now my children see me as their “parent-teacher” all the time. They know they can depend on me emotionally while in the middle of their math
lesson, and they can ask me educational questions at any time as well. They ask me questions they would ask a teacher all throughout every day, turning normal activities into educational opportunities. I believe this experience is helping turn our entire family into one that views education as a way of life, rather than something we just do during the day Monday through Friday.
As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, one of my responsibilities is feeding my family. To fit this into a busy homeschool life you can turn it into school. Teach the kids how to meal plan, build a shopping list, go to the store and teach them how to pick produce, and shop for each item on the list. Back at home, teach them how to prepare and cook the planned meal. You can incorporate math, science,
art, geography and/or history into cooking lessons.
There are other ways I incorporate my responsibilities and needs outside of being their teacher. I’ll actually do my workouts while they are doing school. I give spelling words while lifting weights or getting my time in on the elliptical. I have them work on their independent studies while I am doing laundry or cleaning or showering. It’s a practice of multi-tasking, creativity and flexibility. It may take a while to find what works for you, but it can be done.
teacher and staff at your charter, if you are using one, are probably your most valuable resource. They will be able to direct you to the more specific needs to fit your situation. In addition to that, don’t underestimate the power of YouTube. It is one of our favorite resources for studying geography, history and science. Facebook is a great place to search for events and classes. And, of course, the library!
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