Homeschooling is a practical way to ensure kids continue to learn in lieu of traditional schools. But for parents, especially those who are only about to start it and are juggling multiple roles and tasks, teaching children by themselves can get overwhelming.
One good place to start is to create and stick to a homeschooling routine. It helps parents to stay grounded as they personally attend to their children’s educational needs.
On June 24, 2020, sisters and homeschooling moms Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio and Paula Peralejo-Fernadez returned for the second episode of Enfagrow A+ Four’s “Raising Smart Kids With A Heart” Facebook Live series on Smart Parenting to again discuss homeschooling.
In the episode, hosted by Angel Jacob, they talked about crafting and integrating regular homeschooling schedules into daily routines, and how it benefits both the child and the parent.
Below are some key points of the discussion:[ads:4]
1. Homeschool helps you and your child prepare for learning.
Rica chooses to conduct her lessons in the afternoon simply because she doesn’t want to rush herself and her son so soon after waking up.
Instead, they listen to audiobooks or briefly read something over breakfast and talk with one another. After, she gives him time for independent play, which she says helps boost creativity.
Rica said these help prepare her son for “school proper,” which she usually holds for three hours on weekday afternoons.
2. It helps your child focus on studying.
Rica has set up a dedicated space for studying without distractions, such as toys. She has observed that kids, especially those who are younger, quickly shift their attention.
“We need to have a space where the distractions are out of sight. Kung kaya lang naman,” she said.
To help create an environment conducive for learning, Rica recommends setting up one with good lighting and enough sunlight coming in as it is “very good for your body [and] to condition your mind.” She also advised putting on classical music, if possible.[ads:12]
3. It gives you and your child something to look forward to.
Going to the park is one thing that Rica’s son has come to expect after finishing his lessons for the day. It lets them not only unwind but also observe and learn about nature first-hand.
As they immerse themselves in nature, Rica lets her son do “nature journaling,” where they take a walk and study the plants and animals in their surroundings to support their science lessons.
Rica also encouraged parents to find other activities that their child may enjoy, saying, “Depende naman sa ‘yo ‘yun eh, kung ano ang capacity ninyo as a family. Kunwari, ma-art kayong pamilya…
“Minsan maganda rin ‘yun, eh, na kung ‘yung pamilya ninyo is very strong with something, ‘yun yung tendency ninyo, to be able to do more of that in your days. Whatever works for you.”[ads:17]
4. It helps take the pressure off studying (and teaching).
Unlike in traditional schools with strict, often rigid daylong schedules, homeschooling allows parents to freely tailor schedules and lessons depending on their availability and on their children’s needs. It also allows for more break times that let kids relax and even bond with their moms and dads.
“With homeschooling, that is one advantage. You have a lot of time. You are focused on teaching only one, two, or three children. Kayang-kaya mong i-focus ‘yung attention mo sa kanya lang,” said Paula, who adopts a laxer and more informal daylong learning for her son.
“I think it’s important to note that so you don’t feel pressured na kailangan 8 to 5 every day nag-aaral din ‘yung anak mo, kasi it’s really not comparable. So you will find out later on as you go on homeschooling what schedule works for you,” she advised.[ads:21]
Aside from this topic, Rica and Paula also touched on how parents can find resources for lesson plans and build and foster a school-like environment conducive to learning. Watch the video below to learn from the sisters’ experiences:
Moms and dads, remember that homeschooling takes time and effort to pull off, and is not one-size-fits-all. As Rica said, “Study your life and lifestyle, observe it really well, and do what works for you.”[ads:24]
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