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3. Write a Story
It doesn't matter if you're an award-winning author or you have trouble writing a grammatically correct sentence: According to UC Berkeley, creative writing is good for your kids' learning, resilience, and growth. You and your kids will have a blast coming up with characters and sending them on adventures together. Your kids can additionally learn how to create strong narrative structures, empathize with other people, and solve problems together as you write.
4. Teach the Applications of Math
One of the best ways to teach mathematical concepts is to demonstrate how they are used in everyday life. If you're teaching about exponents, fractions, and ratios, for example, let your children play with a mortgage calculator online to better understand how concepts such as exponential growth and debt ratios work. This is a useful way to relate potentially difficult ideas to the real world.
6. Create Busy Bags or Boxes for While You're Working
Not all homeschooling parents work from home, but it's common nowadays to see a parent juggling toddler care, perhaps working remotely part-time, and also homeschooling a first-grader. Create busy bags or activity boxes for your babies, toddlers, and younger elementary schoolers. These bags can include educational activities and other small, new toys that they've never seen before to get their brains working.
7. Use Educational Screen Time to Your Advantage
If you are a working parent who homeschools, use educational screen time as part of your arsenal for when you absolutely can't be interrupted. Pull out the tablet for Montessori-inspired learning games while you're in a Zoom meeting, or turn on a half-hour documentary about birds in the Amazon rainforest while you're scheduling appointments by phone.
Being a homeschooling parent may often feel chaotic, but its advantages are that you can spend time with your children while seeing them learn and grow. Create activities that you can do with them, but don't forget to add in a few that they can do independently to give yourself a break from time to time.
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