With the coronavirus keeping millions of California schoolchildren stuck at home when the new school year starts, it’s good to know there are some parents out there who not only survive the experience on a year-round basis but purposely choose it.
Helping kids through classes at home has become a strange new reality for most families in San Jose. But it doesn’t have to be all bad — homeschoolers say there are plenty of ways to keep kids focused and learning at the kitchen table.
However, you can also choose Homeschool for kids in San Jose.
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Until schools can reopen, here are some tips from teachers and homeschooling parents on how to make the most of it.
Being able to mix up desk learning with activities around the house is a big upside of learning from home, especially if kids have trouble concentrating in online classes.
Let kids be bored
Don’t be afraid to let children find their own things to do in between classes too. Bored kids will find something to do.
If they’re struggling, take a break, or change it up
There’s nothing wrong with younger kids struggling to focus for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time.
Breaking up that time with other activities your child enjoys more — and talking through what they’ve just learned while they do it — can help keep them focused.
“Try to get that 30 minutes and then break it up with something that they like a lot more or an active activity. Like 10 minutes outside or 15 minutes in the kitchen fixing a snack while you talk about what they just read.