COVID-19 and Education
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2. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a helpful organization where you can learn everything you need to know about homeschooling (e.g. how to get started or how to homeschool through high school). Plus, the HSLDA offers the HSLDA Academy with over 40 live and interactive online courses for grades 7-12. Through the HSLDA you can also look up information about your state homeschool organization and state laws regarding homeschooling.
The HSLDA offers a lot of important resources such as private consultations to its members and special needs resources. The HSLDA has a small monthly fee, however, Grandparents of Homeschoolers offer a $15 discount off HSLDA membership when you contact them through their website!
3. Contact your state home school organization. (Click here to find your state organization.) You will be able to local support groups in your area and most have activities, field trips and more.
4. Utilize a good curriculum with solid teaching. Bob Jones University offers distance learning through the Academy of Home Education's full K-12 curriculum. In addition, they have excellent textbooks for all subjects in all grades (K-12).
5. Check out this helpful blog called the Homeschool Blog. You can find teaching tips, fun activities, and inspirational stories support you in teaching your children.
6. Check out videos from Khan Academy, lectures on YouTube, Tutor.com, and more. There are unlimited educational resources available online and many are free!
7. Create a home-school routine. Adding structure to the day is helpful. Perhaps model it after your child's previous school schedule. Some families are using a schedule model like this template.
8. Plan to attend a virtual homeschooling conference. For example, learn about the 2021 MPE Homeschool Conference or check out previous conference content here https://www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/conference/
9. Check out this Guide to Homeschooling. Learn more about how to do it from experts. You will find everything you want to know-from what homeschooling is and how to get started, to common questions you may be asking. There are many excellent articles posted here.
10. Create a homeschooling space in your home. It's helpful to have an area in your home that will provide a good workspace for your child. Do you need a blackboard or a desk? How about empty wall space to post schedules, calendars, and completed work? Keeping the area organized is important so storage cabinets and bookshelves are great for holding textbooks and workbooks.
11. Check out homeschool enrichment programs, co-ops, and sports programs. There are many options available so check out a sampling of what is available here.
12. Get creative. With kids spending more time at home now it's time to get creative to find ways to spend time in an enriching way. There are many fun options out there such as America's Test Kitchen Kids which is now offering free recipes, activities and experiments for kids. And, Amazon Prime added dozens of free streaming shows for kids, including one of our favorites, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.