If anyone is going to understand the challenges of homeschooling your family during a pandemic, it’s a working mom. Even better, Dr. Betsy Kannenberg is the program director for the entire San Marcos Unified school district, so she has amazing advice for all of your working parents now facing ANOTHER round of at-home schooling challenges. Below are three of Dr. Betsy Kannenberg’s best tips to survive the school year with your kids at home with you, courtesy of Maria Menounos!
Build in Lots of Breaks
Kids need movement and exercise. If possible, play outside or use online videos like Go Noodle.com to give variety to the day. Even for your teenage kids, movement is scientifically proven to increase happiness, productivity, and creativity, so don’t be afraid to take that ten minute break to go stretch your legs, and your mind!
Create Checklists and Star Charts
Checklists and star charts are a great, concrete, TANGIBLE way for your kids (students) to feel productive! Do it for short tasks so they can feel as though they have accomplished something. And believe it or not, implementing these into your own life can also be a really fun way to spice up your to-do lists and a little fun into your day!
Let Your Kids teach YOU
Letting your kids teach you offers two incredible benefits. First it, deepens you children’s learning by letting them share their knowledge, which is scientifically proven to increase neural pathways in your brain. Second of all, it will allow your kids to feel empowered by being the “expert,” encouraging self confidence as they continue to learn.
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