With the virus on the rise and many schools having an opt out option for their students the demand for homeschooling is on the rise. Parents are scrambling around looking for the best option so they can juggle homeschool, work and everyday life. As a parent of 7 kids for many years I have wanted to homeschool my kids not because the virus but all the craziness with school shootings just scared me. I never thought homeschooling would be so easy to be honest.
So not only was I dreading the fact that homeschooling all different ages was going to be stressful and I’d have an anxiety attack now I have a preschooler I am teaching at home too. So I’m gonna help you with some organization tips for your homeschoolers so you can leave the anxiety and frustration behind.
Here’s some helpful tools you will need to help remain organized for success:
Now that we’re on our third week in everyone has pretty much down packed how to navigate the site , getting into lessons and assignments which helps so mom doesn’t always have to be on top of everyone. Let’s jump into some organizing tips to help:
1. Create a designated school area. You wanna set your child/children up for success so give them a workspace that’s quiet and away from distractions. All of my kids have headphones as I sit the elementary kids together , middle schoolers in another area and high schoolers in another.
2. Before logging on and beginning your day be sure to check what materials you need. We usually do this the night before. We navigate the class for the next day so whether it be art and they need a sketchbook , pencil, crayons and so on this is what we set out for the next day.
3. Each student should have the minimum of 5 classes each. Depending on the amount of classes you wanna be sure to make a folder for each class. Mine do flvs.net so every situation may be a little different but no matter the grade they all have what’s called a pace chart. The pace chart shows what assignments are due each week. I’ve made habit that over the weekend I print out all necessary needed worksheets and pace charts. You wanna get your child in the habit of using these so they check off what work they have done for the day. ( print a new pace chart for each week)
4. Depending on the homeschool your in the options may be different. Each of my kids have 5 classes. It can be a bit confusing as a parent and for the student to try and navigate each class everyday. This is not necessary. Example: my son has 5 classes he’s required 3 assignments minimum for each week in each class, so we set it up where we write which day he will do each class on his folder. Mondays is for math, Tuesday is for history and so on. This makes life so much easier and they have a better chance at succeeding with this process. Especially if you have a child like mine that cants stay focused for long on one thing.
5. If your going to set up your child for a class a day you may wanna navigate around and figure out which class has a live session which day. So if their live class is Tuesday for language arts and they struggle in this subject set them up to do language arts on Tuesday so they have the extra help of being in class for a live session. I can’t speak on behalf of other homeschool sites but being part of flvs.net has been great for us.
Even though my kids are great in some subjects but struggle a bit in others I always make sure they have the class with live lessons that fall on that day lined up in case they need the added extra help. Some kids won’t admit that their struggling and will just try to do their best.
Live classes aren’t mandatory with flvs so if they miss a class session every class is recorded and they will find it on their dashboard for that class. These live recordings are great and will help in the event a child doesn’t understand a lesson. My kids utilize them daily.
Teach your kids to never be afraid to ask for help. The instructors we have experienced homeschool with on flvs have been great. They check in weekly and push the kids to their best limits. I have no complaints and could not have made a better choice.
Tip: If you have thoughts of enrolling into flvs you wanna chat with someone first. Let me suggest highly that you go online and chat this will be your fastest way. Literally the wait time is over 500 mins lately. I could have all 7 kids done with class by then. The reason I say to chat with someone is because the full time list is not always open so when we signed up we went on the flex program.
If you wanna learn more about the difference in how each program works click on the Getting Started With Homeschool and Flvs post below so it can help you make your best decision.