Being the Parent/Teacher

Dear Homeschooling Moms and Dads,

If you are thinking, “How does that person stand up in front of the class every day and create those engaging strategies to fill students’ brains with the information they need? We want them to be productive and happy citizens! How do kids learn?”

Let me help!

Jean Piaget is an educator’s reliable source. He was a researcher and child psychologist from the 1920’s. Through his observation of kids, he concluded that every child learns differently and at different rates. This is a simplification of his theory, but important knowledge for parents.

So, how do we, as parents, grandparents, and guardians who are home with our children, teach them what they need to know? How do we figure out what they need to know at their age? How can we teach them so that they will understand the information? What’s that about the rate of learning? Well, that’s why educators go to university for years and learn all of the theories to open our kids’ brains and help them retain the knowledge.

Recognizing all of this doesn’t help us at home with our children. We know our children. We’ve known them all their lives. Do we really? When we sit down with them and guide them through the remote lessons the teacher sends home, do they scream because we said the wrong thing, or they are sitting too long and want to keep getting up and move around? Child and parent are frustrated and distraught!

How do we cope? A parent told me, “I’m his mom, not his teacher!”

First, write your plan and schedule. Tailor it to your child and you. Do you notice that your child gets frustrated and angry sitting too long? Grab a beach ball and have them sit on that. Let them roll around and do their assignment. Put some masking tape on the floor and give that rolling ball boundaries.

Are they creative and artistic? Let them draw a picture or create a skit or sing a song about what they learned. They can perform it for you, or how about after dinner entertainment? Some older students know how to create PowerPoints. Maybe, that kiddo can create a Power Point to present to the family.

Assignments from teachers do not have to be dreaded. If your child has a learning difference or disability, modify that assignment so that he/she can demonstrate what they have learned in a comfortable and safe environment.

Need my help? Email me at info@natureandneeds.org. I will reply back within 24 hours.

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Dr. Irene Van Riper is an Academy-certified Orton Gillingham tutor, a professor of literacy and special education, and an educational consultant. She tutors children with reading differences remotely, and consults with parents to smooth the way for peaceful learning in this time of great disruption. Contact her at info@natureandneeds.org
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