We just officially started Homeschooling Kindergarten last month! Bryson is 5 years old and he is my oldest and first to be officially homeschooled. Being a new homeschooling mama a I am going to be sharing the tips and tricks that have worked for us!
There are many different types of homeschooling methods , and my family has chosen traditional homeschool with a box curriculum for this school year! What I found most frustrating the first week was that Bryson wouldn’t sit down with me any get everything done. Some where in my head I thought my 5 year old was going to sit for 2 hours at a time at our homeschool table straight!
Then it dawned on me….. They get breaks if they were in a traditional classroom setting and should have breaks at home! I began setting the time and it was amazing how well it worked for us!
I started with 10 minutes. After 10 minutes of school time I gave Bryson a 10 minutes break. After his 10 minute break we returned to working on school work. After a few days I moved our time back to 12 minutes,then 15 minutes until we were up to comp,eating a full subject lesson!
Setting a timer worked very well for us! Now we are completing our third week and often Bryson will complete two to three lessons before wanting a break! I have also learned to follow Bryson’s lead for when he needs a break. When he stops paying attention, starts getting frustrated, or starts staring into space, he needs a break!
If you are having problems with your child not wanting to sit down for school work I definitely recommend the timer! It worked wonders for us the first two and a half weeks of school! What works well for you?
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