November 8 is Parents as Teachers Day!
A day to celebrate and support the vital role that parents play in their children’s education.
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy for parents to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to best support their child’s learning.
However, research has shown time and again that parental involvement is one of the most important factors in a child’s academic success.
But what about those children who live in a divided household?
As you can imagine, parenting is hard enough but managing homeschooling with divided households can be an even greater challenge.
How Parents Can Manage Homeschooling With Divided Households
Homeschooling is a big adjustment for any family, even more so for divided households.
One parent may feel strongly about homeschooling while the other does not, or there may be disagreements about how to approach homeschooling in general.
Either way, it’s important for parents to find a way to work together for the sake of their children’s education.
Here are some tips for managing homeschooling with divided households.
- Communicate regularly-It’s important to keep communication open between both households. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the children are getting the education that they need.
- Set Ground Rules- Remember that each household has its own unique set of rules and regulations. Both parents should agree on a few basic things, such as how much time will be dedicated to homeschooling each day and what curriculum will be used. It’s also important to discuss how much input each parent will have in the homeschooling process. Once you’ve established these ground rules, it will be easier to move forward with planning and implementation.
- Designate A School Area– It’s important to make sure that the children have a designated place to do their work. This will help them to stay focused and organized. Make sure that they have all of the materials they need in order to complete their work.
- Divide and Conquer-Another helpful tip is to divide and conquer. Each parent can take responsibility for different aspects of the homeschooling process. For example, one parent can handle the lesson planning while the other handles the actual teaching. Or one parent can focus on creating a schedule while the other focuses on procuring materials. By dividing up the work, both parents will feel more involved and invested in the homeschooling process.
- Be Flexible-There will inevitably be days where one household is not available or where the child’s schedule changes unexpectedly. Be flexible in order to accommodate these changes. Having a backup plan in place will help to ensure that the child’s education does not suffer as a result of these changes.
On this Parents as Teachers Day, we honor all the moms and dads who make an effort to stay involved in their child’s schooling, whether it’s by helping with homework, attending school events, or simply taking an interest in what they’re learning.
We know it’s not easy. Thank you, parents, for everything you do to help your children reach their full potential!