These Tips will Help you to Home-school your Child

One of the main questions that teachers get asked is how parents can do their bit to support their child at home. These tips will help you to find out everything you need to know.

Read

Reading is quite possibly the key to learning. It’s so important that you help your child to become an avid reader by helping them to find topics of interest. The more you can make reading a way of life, the more focused they will be in their schoolwork. The earlier you can start here, the better too. If you just don’t feel as though your child is interested in reading, then look to their hobbies and passions and then try and give them something that reflects this.

 

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Be Involved

It’s vital that you talk to your child every day, about the way that they feel. Ask them what they feel as though their strengths are, what they are interested in and how they can fuel their own creative instincts. If you just don’t feel as though you are aware of how to homeschool your child to the highest level then think about volunteering at a local school so that you can become an active learner yourself.

Teach Character

Fundamental habits can help you to give your child the support that they need in their learning environment. You need to teach your child to respect adults, their peers and themselves too. There are countless resources online here and if you do your best to use them, then this will really work in your favour. If you want some resources so that you can teach your child then check out these free third-grade writing samples.

Get Outside

When your child is young, they may find a lot of joy in exploring a creek, looking for frogs or fish. They may also love to jump in fresh puddles. Taking a walk outside is one of the best and the easiest ways for you to try and build a sense of gratitude, wonder and peace for your child so do keep this in mind.

Fine Art

So many people believe that art is a fantastic way for you to teach your child about other things other than what’s in the classroom. You might want to look into things like art, poetry or even music. When you do you can then teach them to be more creative and this will help them greatly. If you are stuck as to where to start then think about buying them a guitar so that they can learn a piece of music, or even showing them how to paint.

So teaching your child from home isn’t just about helping them to learn academically. It’s also about helping them to grow and to become much more confident in themselves. If you want to give them even more support, then it’s a good idea for you to try and work with them to find out what they’re interested in so that you can cater your curriculum accordingly.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Here’s How To Unwind After Working From Home

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COVID

At the time of writing, many of us have been forced to work from home due to COVID-19. However,  many of us work from home on a regular basis anyway, perhaps because our bosses allow remote working, or because we are running our own businesses.

While there are advantages to working from home – we can avoid the daily commute, for one – it can be difficult to unwind after our workday is over, especially if we have families to look after or if we are tempted to make a start on the next day’s workload. However, unwind we must, because we will then do much to protect our mental health, and we will have more energy for the next working day.

To help you unwind, here are some suggestions that we hope you find useful.

Go for a walk

If you have been stuck indoors all day, you might have had little opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise. This is why going for a walk is important, even if you’re tired after working, as you will be able to work off the stresses of the day. The endorphins that are released during exercise will also boost your energy and happiness levels, so you will positively impact the entirety of your wellbeing. If possible, go for a walk somewhere quiet and scenic, as the beauty around you will do much to soothe your senses.

Eat a good meal

You might be tempted to eat a processed or a takeaway meal after working, especially if you’re exhausted and you can’t be bothered to cook. However, you won’t feel the health benefits if you do, and that might impinge on your ability to relax properly. So, make the effort to eat something nutritious. It might be that you put something in the slow cooker in the morning, or you could prepare a meal the day before in readiness of your tired state. You’ll love this restaurant-style Dal Makhani recipe, for example. You will then feel better within yourself after eating something good, and you will better enjoy your relaxation time.

Disconnect from work

To fully unwind, you must disconnect from all things work-related. So, leave your paperwork in your home office space, turn off your work phone, ignore any work-related emails, and put a ban on conversations about work when you’re with your family or friends. You will then give yourself a mental break, and have more time to focus on other things, be that a good book, a movie, a restful bath, or time spent relaxing doing something with your loved ones.

Find a place of calm

It could be in the bath, your bedroom, or another quiet place in your home. Wherever it is, make sure that it’s your personal space and let others know that you need to have some me-time. You will then have the opportunity to collect your thoughts, regain feelings of peace, and have time to do whatever relaxes you, be that a peaceful nap, meditation or a hobby that helps you unwind.

Thanks for reading!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Make working from home a breeze with these tips

Are you working from home right now? In these uncertain times, it’s not only our personal lives that have been impacted, but it’s our working lives too. And with the two of them set to collide, you need to make the transition as smoothly and as effortlessly as possible, otherwise, your productivity and your working life will be hugely impacted. Believe it or not, even though you’re surrounded by home comforts and you no longer have to commute or deal with those irritating co-workers, working from home is incredibly hard.

A lack of motivation, procrastination, distractions and stalling are all the issues homeworkers face on a daily basis.

So, what are the secrets to working from home? Is there any way to make it easier? Or make your working day more productive? Here we’ll look at 4 tips that will make working from home an absolute breeze.

Make your life a little easier

If you’re someone that writes for a living, then having the right tools at your disposal is an absolute must. Scribbr’s plagiarism tool, as well as spelling and grammar software tools are incredibly useful for those who are working from home. Why? Because they ensure that your work is of a high standard and pick up all those little issues that you may have missed because you were distracted by the TV, your kids or the phone ringing. Making your working life as streamlined as possible with this kind of software will increase your productivity and the quality of your work.

Dress for success

Ok, so working from home can feel a bit like a novelty, to begin with, however, give it a few days and working in your PJs gets old – fast. If you want success, you have to dress for it. This means getting showered, fixing your hair (if you want) and wearing clothes that make you feel like you’re ready to work. You don’t necessarily have to wear a power suit, and you can dress with comfort in mind, but keep it smart – a smart top, comfortable trousers and a pair of your favourite socks will certainly do the trick.

A good desktop set up

If you usually spend time at your laptop to play and internet shop, that’s fine but now your desk is the centre of your working day, so stepping it up a gear is a must. Clear away the unnecessary clutter, make sure your wires and cables are neat. Do you need a hard drive for all that additional work? What about a headset? Mic? Do you have printing capabilities? Ensure you have everything you need and it’s within reach. That way your working day is guaranteed to be more streamlined.

Make sure you separate work and life

When you work and live in the same space, it’s not going to be easy to separate the two. However, making the effort to separate your working life from your normal life is important for your productivity and your mental health. Make an effort to stick to your given working times, avoid work-related matters when you’re not at your desk and if you’re struggling, make sure you reach out to your employer.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Creative kids? Discover 5 creativity-inspiring gifts here

Do you have a budding Picasso at home? Or is your little one always begging to get the arts and craft box out? Are they always making, sticking, gluing and asking you to save pieces of recycling for them? Having a creative kid is a wonderful thing, and there’s nothing more satisfying as a parent to watch their imaginations grow and develop over time.

Whether you’re hoping that they’ll try a new hobby, unlock a hidden talent or discover a new passion, encouraging creativity and imagination in your children is parenting at its best. So, if they’ve got a birthday coming up, or you just want to spoil them a little, you might be wondering how you can incorporate their creative flair or even educate them with the perfect gift – go to this website if you’re looking for STEM toys they can have fun with whilst they learn.

So, with this in mind, I’ve gathered 5 creativity-inspiring gifts here that your kids will love!

A sewing machine

A gift is a powerful thing, especially if it inspires a new hobby or a passion. And learning to sew is just one of those skills that can ignite a spark of creativity and inventiveness in a child. There are numerous child-friendly sewing machines available out there, all of them lightweight, available in bright colours and, perhaps most importantly – come with finger safety guards so their little hands are safe from the sharp needles involved. In addition to a sewing machine, you can gift them everything they need to get started like a sewing basket filled with haberdashery items. You’ll also find patterns and sewing instructions and videos readily available online.

Workshop tools

Do you have a little handy-man (or woman) at home? Forget those flimsy, plastic tools that kids play with from a young age. If your little one loves nothing more than taking things apart, making things and fixing them, then their own set of tools is a must. Used under close supervision there’s no telling of the projects and ideas that they could come up with.

Pottery

Pottery is a combination of two things that kids love. Making things and getting messy! You could consider gifting them a potters wheel for beginners, or you’ll find many “make your own” kits in the shops. From mugs and cups to tea sets and vases. Ideas and creativity galore!

A magic trick set

Sleight of hand, performance and a sense of magic and mystery. There is a lot to fall in love with where magic is concerned. You’ll find a great range of magic sets available, perfect for children of all ages. So whether they want to pull hankies from their sleeves or make their siblings disappear, there’s something for every child to get stuck into. Magic also promotes practice, patience and performance with many hours dedicated to pulling off tricks effectively.

A metal detector

Metal detecting has had a bit of a renaissance lately. And what child can resist the thought of buried treasure? Under close supervision, your child can get some fresh air, exercise and spend some quality time with you as they search for hidden relics and coins from long ago.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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5 Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During The Quarantine

 

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As the coronavirus crisis escalates, school is out and working from home is the new normal. During times of stress, it’s essential to keep our children calm and relaxed as far as possible. To keep yourself from going crazy, you’ll probably be looking for a few ideas to keep your children entertained indoors! Rest assured, there are plenty of options.

1 . Quiz Nights

Now this one might only work for slightly older kids; nevertheless, quiz-nights are a real fun way to fight boredom, plus you learn plenty along the way. Why not add a prize for the winner to make things that tad a bit more interesting? If you’re a bit creative, you might like to write your own kid-friendly quiz; if not, try a few of the options on your Amazon Alexa. Failing this, there are plenty of free quizzes for children on kidszworld.com that you can try.

  1. Family Exercise

Lack of exercise leaves everyone feeling sluggish and down, including your kids. To have a fun quarantine time, why not try doing some exercise together as a family? Got a Wii-fit that you never use? Now’s the perfect time for those ‘Just Dance’ games that you usually reserve for Christmas! Got a yoga mat or two? Why not find some kid-friendly yoga videos on YouTube? Children make great exercise partners because they have tonnes of energy, plus it’s essential to keep the endorphins pumping during this tense time.

  1. Arts & Crafts

Creative activities are a great way to boost mental health and feel relaxed. Whether it’s painting, origami, or a crochet challenge, plan a few fun craft activities that you can all make together. If you’re short of ideas, check out the free app ‘Kiwi Corner.’ Here you’ll find thousands of projects that you can make at home. The app offers a new idea every day! You can also search projects using keywords (if you’re looking to make something of a particular theme).

  1. Cook Together

With a little more free time, why not let your kids help out with a few cooking projects? You can start real simple with homemade fairy cakes or adding toppings to a ready-made pizza base. Cookery is a wholesome and relaxing activity (most of the time)! Your kids will love playing at being grown-ups to create some delicious dishes.

  1. Online Lessons 

Schools out for now, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no opportunity to learn. Thanks to the world of technology, you can get some fantastic online lessons for your children in pretty much any topic you want. Now they’ve probably had plenty of maths and English practice already this year, so why not try something a little more creative? Online music lessons are an excellent way for your kids to have fun and learn a new skill. The Powell Academy of Music offers some great online lessons in everything from violin and piano to the clarinet or singing.

 

Hopefully a few of these ideas should see you through the quarantine, but if all else fails simply stick on a heart warming kids movie (or ten)!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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