Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins recently sat down with journalist Dan Andros of Faithwire.com to discuss how to homeschool during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This ten minute interview should give parents some help to make their day a little bit easier.
Here are a few tips about how to homeschool during the coronavirus.
How to Homeschool during the Coronavirus in a Nutshell:
- Don’t just try to create school at home. Engage your student in a love of learning.
- Go outside, observe, draw. Read books together.
- Don’t be afraid to review things that your children already know.
- Children crave structure. Create a basic regimen and structure of the day.
- Involve your student in home-life: making meals, doing laundry, life skills, etc.
- Engage in a conversation with your student. Discuss how this (pandemic) is a unique life changing time in history.
- Ask your local homeschooler for help! You don’t have to go in this alone.
What would you (Robert) say to the parent that’s overwhelmed right now?
I think we’re all feeling overwhelmed right now. Engage your student in home life – like making dinner, doing laundry etc. Also, shift your perspective. Look at this unique time as an opportunity to spend quality time with your family. Strengthen the bonds in your family. Love your children and show them that you love them.
We spoke with Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins about the challenges facing parents who have unwittingly become homeschooling parents this week thanks to quarantines due to the Coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe.
Bortins, whose company offers local homeschooling families support, said that this situation is so unique it’s thrown homeschoolers for a loop as well.
Bortins explained that homeschooling doesn’t usually only take place inside the home and is often quite the opposite — home education is about getting your kids out and about and letting them grow in ways not normally associated with the classroom.
That said, there were several practical tips Bortins offered to parents finding themselves in a situation they find themselves in — many having to work and teach at the same time.
A great conversation that, hopefully, helps parents feel less overwhelmed and more excited about getting to spend more time with their children during home education.
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