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Tips for Home Schooling

This was compiled by one of our Matt Smith Real Estate Group families who home schools:

Don’t expect everything to go perfectly the first time.  Even home-schoolers don’t always have “normal” days. There are always interruptions and distractions.  You may be working on a curriculum and realize it’s not what you want. Stop and find something else. Don’t get mad or frustrated, move on and have fun.


Have a specific location in your house for school.  If kids are in their rooms or just hanging out in the living room, they will be tempted to play.


Try and keep a schedule while at home.  School from 8-11. Lunch from 11-12 (watch an educational TV show), then back to school from 12-3. Whatever hours work for you.  Try and follow the schedule as much as possible and share the schedule with your kids so they know what is going on.


Let your children help make the schedule, give them some ownership on how they spend their day.


Try and keep distractions to a minimum.  Have them turn their phones off, don’t keep toys around where they are doing school, don’t sit and watch TV while they are at school.  If you play music, make sure it’s not distracting.


Share what works for you with your friends via social media, phone calls, texts, etc.  The more you share, the more likely you will find something that works for you.


Take breaks.  Base this off of your child’s age and ability to focus.  If they can focus for 20 min at a time, take a break and sit on the back porch or watch a quick video on The YouTube.  If they can focus for an hour at a time, then let them work and then take a break.


Don’t focus just on school just to be doing school.  Take time to be with your kids. They learn by doing and can learn by play.  

-Cook or bake with kids. (Math)

-Kitchen and backyard experiments. (Science)

-Pinterest to find drawing tutorials to do together.  (Art)

-Read a book as a family. (Language Arts)

-Talk about what is going on in the world and ask them age appropriate questions about what they think should be done to help, what are some things they can do to help their community?  The unknown can be scary and education and understanding about our world can help dispel fear. (Government and Civics)


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