When it comes to homeschooling, it’s not just students who are doing the learning. Amid coronavirus school closures, parents are learning how to juggle their own work-from-home situations with helping their kids learn from home, too. It’s stressful and overwhelming, and parents wonder whether they’re doing it right. But there is no right way to homeschool right now. There are, however, helpful tips parents can put into practice. Ana Homayoun is an educator and author of several books, including most recently, Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and she’s a frequent guest on NPR. Ana joins us to share practical ideas on how parents can structure a realistic school day at home and how kids can set themselves up for success by organizing their physical and digital learning spaces. She also explains why it’s important to give kids autonomy and control, especially now, at this unprecedented moment in their schooling.
Listen to this episode to learn:
-The difference between asynchronous versus synchronous learning, and how students, teachers, and parents are using each for distance learning
-Advice on how to break a learning day into “work, movement, and rest”
-Why it’s okay to ask extended family members for some (remote) distance learning help
-Ideas for creating fun, new daily routines and rituals (4 p.m. dance party, anyone?)
-Why now is a great time to encourage kids to take up a new hobby or activity
-How to let our kids come up with ideas for how and when they want to learn
For more information, visit www.anahomayoun.com.