Learning from home:
When the parents are also the teachers

Author: M. Dickinson

Now that parental roles have temporarily changed to academic educators, it’s imperative to get organized before the new school year begins. Keep in mind that first and foremost, you are the parent, and that teaching from a syllabus is only a profession you osmotically obtained.

The start of the new school year is just around the corner and getting ready for it includes organizing your workspace. If possible, have a space dedicated to teaching, even better if you can separate the area from any distractions.

In addition to physically making changes to your home, it’s crucial to establish a schedule close to what the child or children have in a school environment. Homeschooling children during a pandemic is undoubtedly no easy task, and it involves juggling office work, housekeeping, and family management.

Though virtual school may seem laid-back in many ways, teachers expect from their students the same amount of classroom participation. Students are required to follow the rules, meet deadlines, and dress according to the established school code.

So, create a routine, set physical boundaries, and keep track of your children’s progress. If within your means, purchase a room divider that will keep distractions at bay.

  • Turn off the phone during class-time.
  • Mind the time; kids need a break, and so do you. Take breaks!
  • Make sure that kids do their homework during study time or after virtual school time.
  • Avoid ‘he said/she said’ and stick to your plan and the teacher’s guidelines.

When it comes to lunch and snacks, make those meals nutritious yet enjoyable.

  • Vegetable                   
  • Fruit
  • Protein
  • A small portion of carbs

By the time recess rolls around, you will need a breather. The school’s Physical Education teacher may have excellent ideas but, if you need more check out Activity Books. During the students’ recess, engage with them, be part of the team.

There will be days when your students will act out and refuse to follow instructions. These are the challenging times, and most parents and teachers need to take a similar attitude to discipline.

Some good practices to remember are:

What to do and not to do


Lose your temperEncourage the student to complete hi/her work
Send your child to another roomAsk “how can I make it better for you?”
ThreatMotivate, ask the student “what are your goals?”
Punish‘Try’ to ignore unacceptable behavior and praise
whenever possible

As social beings, parents and teachers should encourage students to engage in age-appropriate virtual groups and outdoor activities while maintaining at a safe distance from each other.

Some fun and safe activities for kids and teens may include stargazing, cycling, hiking, and throwing frisbees.  Most important of all, enjoy being an essential part of your child’s education experience. You will feel a sense of satisfaction. Helping your children obtain the education necessary for a brilliant tomorrow.

From Unsplash photo by Robert Collins

101 Homeschooling kids

Author: M. Dickinson

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Introduction to 101 Homeschooling for parents

By now, as a parent, you appreciate teachers more than ever.  They know their stuff like the back of their hand, and even better, they handle most classroom situations pretty well.  It’s great if you have the time and patience to homeschool, hats off to you. 

The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimates that there are 2.3 million children homeschooled as of 2020[1].  Yes, right there, at the kitchen table!  Little did they know when this article was published, a few weeks ago, that the percentage would skyrocket, be it temporary, to near one hundred percent, thanks to Covid-19.

For those of you who love sending off your kids to school, we thank teachers daily for their juggling efforts to give our kids the best education possible.  Here’s a partial list of the benefits your children enjoy in schools:

  • Schools follow a planned, tried, and authentic curriculum.
  • Teachers teach that’s why they have degrees in education and take continuing education courses that make them more than educators; they are listeners, referees, highly intuitive individuals, patient, caring, makeshift nurses, and so much more.
  • Schools offer sports that include the equipment you don’t have. Okay, maybe you are an avid bowyer (I had to look that up), but are your bows and arrows made for students?
  • Educational institutions also offer afterschool extracurricular activities such as chess tournaments, spelling word bees, etc.
  • Breakfast and lunches, though in most cases not delicious, it’s nutritious.
  • A structured setting.
  • Opportunity to practice socializing with peers. [2]

Sticking to teacher’s recommendations

Do as your told and go the extra mile to share your experiences with videos and photos. Ask away, teachers are expecting a lot of questions, trust me. Share with other parents, and very important, have your child communicated with classmates.

Suggestions from the grandma

Provide your kids with as close to a structured setting as possible.  For instance, most schools don’t offer to view TV during break or playing video games for recess.  During this time of social distancing, make sure that your children log in to classes and follow through with teachers’ recommendations.  I know it’s hard, but it’s imperative to follow through and have a seamless transition from the school structure to the homeschool environment.  Yes, your kids should ask you for a break to get up from their worktable. 

Supplies and activities can get expensive, and keeping costs down are essential to being able to provide them with their necessary teaching and leisure supplies.  There are many places where you can purchase items reasonably priced.  Paper, crayons, coloring books, arts, and crafts supplies, and even snacks can be bought online from where you least expected.  So, make a list and place your order today.

After a couple of hours of parent/teacher-child interaction, it’s time to take a break.  What better time to do your exercises than during break! I am providing you here with a link to products that I use, my friends’ love, or have great reviews.  Check it out.


  1. Research Facts on Homeschooling – National Home Education Research Institute. (2020). Retrieved March 29, 2020, from https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/