11 things we've learnt from homeschooling

Last updated: 01-24-2021

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11 things we've learnt from homeschooling

Before we'd heard of coronavirus, we were pretty confident we’d nailed this parenting lark. But then homeschool started ... AGAIN

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Yep, it’s fair to say that teaching our children in the past year has had its highs (and lows!).

And while we’re not sure our kids have learnt much, we definitely have.

Here are just some of the things we've realised on the homeschooling journey so far ...

Our child is not.

In negotiation skills that is.

Every day feels like the battle of (parent) teacher v child. You want your child to do their work. They wants to play on their PS4. 

Which means a daily bartering session of how many hours they have to work before they can play video games.

Aaah, Joe Wicks. How would we survive homeschooling without him?

Watching Joe in his workout gear is pretty much the only thing keeping us going tbh.

Well, they must be given how often our child talks about them.

If only they showed as much interest in English and science lessons!

… and get very excited by any interruption that gives us temporary relief from homeschool battles.

Is that the doorbell? Postman? Amazon delivery? Someone help!

If your child is in reception, you’ll have discovered very quickly that they have the attention span of a flea. Meaning even 10 minutes of reading or phonics is a win.

‘Mummy, what year was the Great Fire of London?’, ‘Mummy, how many planets are in the solar system?’ Ummm …

There's nothing quite like homeschooling to make us realise we’ve forgotten everything we learnt when we were at school. Thank god for Google.

It’s been a loooong term, and it's only just started! And even though we’ve tried our hardest, we’re pretty sure our homeschool efforts ‘require improvement’.

Probably because of all the extra inset days we’ve given ourselves. Oops.

… and even ask for more work.

We can barely get our little monster to listen to the first exercise let alone do extra. Grrr.

The same good intentions, the same bribes, the same glass of wine at the end of the day (for you, not them obviously!)

Bonus points if you’ve not asked your child at least 100 times, ‘Do you behave like this at school?’

And who's threatened to call the headteacher at least once a day? Just us?

Although quite how we’re going to cope until then is, quite frankly, a mystery.

Collins Easy Learning has a great range of homeschooling workbooks for english,spelling and maths here at Amazon from as little as £3.99or browse our round-up of the best home learning buys, here.

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