If you’re a homeschooler at heart but your children attend public school, you can still get the best of both worlds! How? By afterschooling.
Think back to when your parents would help you with your homework after class. That’s pretty much what afterschooling is, except you can be as extensive as you want. You can supplement what the school teaches with your own curriculum, your own assignments, and even your own “class” projects!
If you think you want to try afterschooling, here are 5 tips for afterschooling success!
5 Tips for Afterschooling Success
Give the kids a snack before you begin.
Most kids come home from school famished. (I know mine did.) Be sure to give them a good, healthy snack before you start afterschooling. They’ll be more pleasant during the “class” and they’ll be able to concentrate better. If you need snack ideas, try these simple afterschool snacks!
Familiarize yourself with the information first.
If you’ve looked at a math book recently, you might have discovered that it’s taught very differently now than it may have been when you were in school. In fact, lots of things have changed since the previous generation attended school. So it’s a good idea to look over the topic yourself before you try to teach it to your kids, especially if you want to teach in harmony with your child’s instructor.
Find out what they already learned.
It’s also important to find out what your child already knows before you begin. If he already understands the concept of multiplication, you won’t have to explain it all over again. You can just quiz him, have him practice some problems, and reinforce what he’s been taught. There’s no sense in making extra work for yourself, right?
Remember: Afterschooling does not mean that you are solely responsible for your child’s education. The bulk of that is already done during the school day. So don’t feel like you have to teach the entire textbook in one afternoon. Go slowly and focus on making sure your child understands each concept.
Check in with their teachers.
Finally, keep up with your child’s progress by talking to her teachers on a regular basis. See if you can find out what areas your child needs improvement in and then work to strengthen those during your afterschooling sessions.
Do you “afterschool” your kids? What techniques do you use to make it a success? Share your tips in the comments!