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12 Homeschooling Tips And Resources For Beginners And Working Parents

It can be a lot if you've never done it before — but you also have more leeway than you think.

Whether your child's school is completely shut down due to COVID-19, or you don't want to risk physically sending them to school, you might be homeschooling for the first time. ✏️

1. First things first: Make sure you brush up on homeschooling laws in your state.

2. Join a local homeschooling group and form a community with parents in the same boat as you are.

3. Recognize the unique challenges (and surprising benefits) of online learning for your child.

4. Know that you won't be able to do it all, and be honest about your priorities.

5. Decide on a curriculum that suits your child's needs, but don't go overboard with finding the "perfect" one, either.

A dad homeschooling his young son.

6. Use e-learning services to your advantage.

7. That being said, don't go on a downloading-every-syllabus-and-resource frenzy.

8. Create a clean, designated space (or spaces) for learning.

9. Abandon the idea of a traditional school day, including the hours.

10. Along those lines, remember to work in screen-less breaks to reduce burnout.

11. Embrace what your child loves to do — and perhaps never gets as much of a chance to explore in school.

12. Accept that none of this will be how you expected, and that's ok.

What's something that's worked well for your family while homeschooling or distance learning? Share in the comments!