5 Proven Tips for Successful Home Learning

With the current environment of social distancing and schools closing, many parents have found themselves unexpectedly teaching their children at home. And, as we continue on with the uncertainty of how things will look in a few months and whether or not schools will be open next fall, many parents are making the choice to continue with homeschooling.

Even if you’re a parent with little or no teaching experience, you can teach your children at home! With so many amazing online resources available now at our fingertips, you’re not in this alone! With a little planning and knowledge of the many available resources, your children can learn successfully at home.

Whether you’re a homeschool veteran who is struggling through this season of homeschooling or you’re one of the many parents who have found themselves homeschooling unexpectedly, here are five proven tips for successfully learning at home. 
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Disclosure: I partnered with Study.com and received compensation for this post. All opinions are always my own.

Create a schedule or routines that you stick with.

One of the most important factors in being successful in learning at home is consistency. If kids are transitioning from a traditional school to learning at home, this is especially important. Some people function better with a strict schedule, while some find that flexible routines work best. This article from Study.com has some great tips for establishing these for success in learning at home.
If you’re more of a strict schedule person, you can have set times for starting the day, breaking for meals, and working on specific school subjects. Some families function better with flexible routines, however. Having a routine means that you consistently do the same things in the same order throughout the day, but your times are flexible. This allows for more or less time spent on various activities as needed. It also allows for times you may need to stop to run errands or deal with problems that arise in the family.

Recognize that your children may need time to adjust to learning at home if they’ve been in a traditional school previously.

Children who have been homeschooling all along have a different view of learning at home than children who have previously been in a traditional school. Students who begin learning at home after being in school will need some time to adjust to the new setup and new routines. If your children have had to begin learning at home suddenly because of the current social distancing requirements, parents may also need some time to adjust. Sometimes this adjustment is called “deschooling.”
Children who suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves learning from home may miss their friends. They might struggle with adapting their routines to learn at home. They may feel frustrated and take it out on the parents trying to help them. Parents might feel overwhelmed and frustrated as well- especially if the schoolwork they’re helping their children with is hard for them to access or is in a format they don’t understand. 
Study.com has many resources that can make this process easier for kids and parents. In this article, they are addressing some of the effects of transitioning to home learning for children and their parents, and you can find some ways that Study.com can help with this transition.

Help children to become independent learners.

One of the keys to being successful in learning at home is for kids to become independent learners. Students- especially older students- can become frustrated if parents are constantly trying to help them with schoolwork. But if left on their own without guidance, they may accomplish nothing. The balance here is to help kids develop strategies for learning independently.
Parents can help by involving kids in creating their own schoolwork schedules and by developing strategies and routines that can help kids learn independently. In this article from Study.com, you can find some great ways to set your kids up to be successful, independent learners including strategies to help them maximize their environment for learning and strategies to help them manage learning tasks.

Create a space for learning.

This is an important tip! But if you’re already shaking your head, knowing you don’t have lots of room in your house, don’t worry! f you’ve been looking online at different homeschooling families, you may see some families that have a designated schoolroom in their home. If you have space for this that’s great! But if you don’t, you can still create a space where your child can learn.
A space for learning can be set up anywhere. If you have a corner of the living room, a small place in your dining room, or a little space in your child’s bedroom to set up a desk, you can create a space for successful learning. The most important thing isn’t necessarily to do with where your learning space is, it is more important that the learning space has some important features. Study.com has a great article detailing some of the things that are important to look for when setting up a learning space.

Use the many online resources that are available to parents who are teaching their kids at home.

Back when I was younger and had a few friends who were homeschooled, finding homeschool resources wasn’t easy. There weren’t specific curricula publishers for homeschool books. And the internet was still years away. (Yes, I’m that old!)
Now, however, parents don’t have to stress when it comes to finding resources that will help them homeschool their kids.
I know some parents are concerned about helping their kids learn from home because they don’t feel competent to teach them. But with all the online resources available for homeschooling now, you don’t have to be the main teacher for your child. It’s super easy to find online teachers and school resources available at your fingertips.
Study.com is one of those easy-to-use resources for homeschoolers. They have complete homeschool curricula for the 3rd-12th grade. Here are just a few of the reasons that Study.com is perfect for successful home learning.
  • The resources are great for multiple learning styles. Instruction includes video lessons as well as reading material so students have options for how to get information.
  • Lessons are automatically graded to track progress.
  • Students can learn online or with their app, meaning they can do lessons at home or on the go.
  • It’s easy for students to have a study schedule and stay on track in their lessons, making independent learning easier.
  • There are core classes for 3rd through 12th grade, as well as a large variety of electives available for high school.
  • There are a variety of plans to choose from, making this an affordable option for homeschooling resources.
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There are many benefits to learning at home. If you’re making the decision to continue to teach your kids at home or you’re struggling with the fact that you have to teach your home because of school closings, know that with your help, your children can be successful home learners.

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