When boredom comes into homeschooling, learning stalls. Do not worry, we have all been there. Use these tips to learn how to bust homeschooling boredom and enjoy the homeschooling session with your kids.
Homeschooling is fun most times. Other times it could be so challenging and frustrating. This is more so for the newbie homeschoolers who are yet to find their rhythm in homeschooling. At some point, we have all experienced boredom or the feeling that nothing is working according to plan. It can be pretty frustrating really and to get rid of such, here are some of the top tips and tricks.
1. Take movement breaks
Perhaps you have been teaching for a considerable time and your kids are tired and getting easily distracted? You need to consider having a movement break. The movement break will allow the brain to relax and become refreshed and ready for the next phase of learning. Take some time off and join your kids in a dance or play hide and seek. Do not work with a schedule here. Take multiple, short movement breaks within the day and you will find it becomes easier for both parties to enjoy the homeschooling process.
2. Take the learning outdoors
The outdoors could be really refreshing for both parties. When boredom begins to creep into the classroom, you can always take the learning outside. Carry a book and some snacks and take a walk in the park. Learn as you enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. Where possible, organize an educational trip for your kids. You can take them to the fire station, museum or a zoo and let them learn something as they enjoy themselves in the process.
3. Join a homeschooling co-op
Homeschooling cooperatives are a great way to bust homeschooling boredom and prevent homeschooling burn out. The kids get to hear from other teachers and you get to take a break and assume a spectator role. You could learn a thing or two. The monotony is also broken. If you are poor in teaching a specific subject, you could benefit massively from teachers who are competent in this area. The kids also get the chance to interact and play with other kids and possibly form great life-long bonds.
4. Let the kids teach
Sometimes the best way to learn is through teaching. Let the kids teach you something about their subjects. Sit down and prompt them only when they are stuck. As they try to impress you, they give you the chance to rest and they also keep the ideas fresh in their mind from repetitive learning.
5. Bring fun and games to the classroom
Being positive and enthusiastic all the time might not work for you. When boredom creeps in, it’s time to bring some fun through introducing games to the learning sessions. Kids love games and this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this interest to help them learn some more. Have fun, educational games around that will distract them for a while.
When you feel that you are not totally invested in these activities, you can always let them watch the fun and interesting age-appropriate material online on YouTube, TED talks or on TV. Let them know that you will ask them questions afterward about what they have learned from these shows.