Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. Now that the academic year is right around the corner, parents and children around the world are continuing to adapt to a new normal. With numerous schools still closed and safety still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, many parents are choosing to educate their children at home. While homeschooling offers a variety of unique benefits for both you and your child, it also comes with its own unique set of challenges. Read on as your Denton dentist shares eight practical tips to help make this unusual school year a great one!
1.) Designate A School Supply Storage Area
To avoid disorder and minimize how often items are lost, keep all your child’s study materials in a specific area. Even if they end up working somewhere else, like the kitchen table, storing all their things in a designated area will help you both stay organized and on top of tasks.
2.) Follow a Daily Schedule
Health experts recommend that everyone follow a daily schedule in the midst of these unusual times to retain a sense of normalcy and keep the mind at ease. Not only will a daily schedule protect your little one’s mental health, but it will help them stay on task and productive.
3.) Map Out the School Year Ahead of Time
Map out the school year’s curriculum to keep track of your progress. This makes it much easier to break up big projects into smaller steps without letting any of the details fall through the cracks.
4.) Set Learning Goals Together
Homeschooling gives you a unique opportunity to customize your child’s education. Work together to set learning goals for the year, semester, and month, which will help them feel more invested in their own education and learn how to set achievable goals.
5.) Take Learning Beyond the Classroom
At home, you can teach your child outside of traditional learning methods and topics. This could include playing strategy or money-managing board games, practicing baking or cooking, learning about financial budgeting, writing emails to family or friends, and much more!
6.) Collaborate with Other Homeschoolers
You may be in charge of your child’s education, but you’re not in this alone. Enrich your child’s experience and make the schooling process easier on yourself by connecting with other homeschoolers to collaborate and share resources.
7.) Ease into the School Year
Homeschooling is a learning experience for both you and your child. Don’t be afraid to take it slow at first and ramp up gradually as well as experiment with learning styles and schedules. Listen to your child and pay attention to what works well for them.
8.) Keep Those Pearly Whites Clean & Healthy
Untreated cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems can keep your child from concentrating and eventually require time away from schoolwork to visit the dentist. Make sure your son or daughter is practicing great oral hygiene to help set them up for a great year!
About the Practice
At Denton Dental Center, nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of you and your family. While we are currently open and available to see all patients, we understand that additional precautions need to be put in place. Our Commitment to Safety involves 23 extra infection control protocols that help us keep our practice, staff, and patients safer and healthier than ever before. IF you’d like to learn more, we can be contacted via our website or at (940) 383-3300.