The world is reeling! Panic buying due to the looming lockdown on Thursday has left most people feeling overwhelmed, helpless and a little frightened. It is unprecedented and we are all trying to cope with the uncertainties of our current reality as best as we can. Cindy Glass, Owner and Founder of Step Up Education Centres explains, “We are all in the same boat and it is essential to understand that, at this time, there are things that are out of our control – the virus itself, other people's reactions and government’s decision to lock down institutions, borders and other activities. The GOOD news is that there are many things that we CAN control - our own attitudes and reactions, personal hygiene, social distancing and of course, homeschooling!” If you have been promoted to homeschool-parent and you feel a bit like you have been thrown out of an aeroplane without a parachute, Cindy offers 7 helpful tips to navigate these trying times: 1. Stop comparing yourself to other parents: You cannot fail! You can only do the best that you can consider the circumstances in which you find yourself. 2. Set the tone of positive learning in your home: The conversations that you have with your children will determine their co-operation or not. Your children have an unusual opportunity in their school year; an opportunity to catch up and review work that has already been covered this year- isn’t that amazing? The school year is usually so pressured that there is little time for learners to make sure that they have completed and mastered all the skills that have been taught! Speak to this! 3. Work on a timetable with your children: Once you know what they need to cover, decide on a realistic schedule and stick to it. Having routines and structure will make the homeschooling experience less overwhelming. Motivate and praise any progress! 4. Work as a team: Parents and teachers need to join forces if we are going to make this work. Parents cannot be expected to teach …
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