Start the day off with a quick meeting and set some scheduling expectations (or do this the night before if you will be working when your kids get up in the morning). Let them know what your work schedule is for the day. Discuss what they can do without your help (audible books, podcasts, chores, math review, grammar review, journal, research, exercise, art, play, etc.), and identify where they’ll need assistance.
Schedule time-slots when you can be available, and keep in mind that school can take place in non-traditional hours.
- Checklists are a great tool. If each child has a list of what is expected – they can mark items off throughout the day instead of having to ask you what to do next. Include chores on the list – there is always something that needs to be done, and it may free you up to help them with schoolwork.
- Consider getting some back-up support from friends and family members who would be willing to help kids via phone, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc. They could be “on call,” or you could schedule blocks of time (freeing you up for other obligations).
- Team-up with another parent to offer online “office hours” or a “class” for each other’s kids.
- Many older siblings are able and willing to help younger siblings – ask if they can guide an activity (a craft, a science experiment, a skit) or read with a younger sibling.
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