Since Nigeria schools closed in March, parents across Nigeria have found themselves thrown in the deep end with homeschooling. Suddenly taking on the job of a teacher, plus working from home and managing everyone’s emotional different needs at home is a lot, to say the least. We have seen lots of different approaches, and the truth is there’s no one correct way to manage everything at the moment. The right approach is the one that works best for you and your child. Keep reading to see if you can find your homeschooling style – or one you’d like to try – in the list below.
The Hands-on Helper
For this parent, no subject is off-limits for them to teach – or try to. Not a Maths maestro? No problem. They’ll study all night until they’re ready to tutor their child in it. With their teacher hat firmly on, their kids can expect a full weekly schedule of lessons covering every corner of the school curriculum. We salute their dedication, and hope they catch a break too!
The “School of Life” Scholar
Some parents have taken lockdown as a chance to teach their kids some life skills that aren’t on the curriculum. Budgeting, D.I.Y., cooking, cleaning, and gardening all keep kids busy and set them up for life.
The Wellbeing Wizard
With all the changes and challenges that covid-19 has thrown our way, for these parents, keeping their kids calm and emotionally well is the priority above all else. They might try yoga and meditation to keep everyone zen, or gardening, art projects, and long walks where possible. Some focused learning in subjects they enjoy also boosts their mood by giving them a sense of achievement, helping them feel less anxious about going back to school.
The “Divide and Rule” duo
For families with more than one parent at home, teamwork makes the dream work. This sort of approach is the most relevant when the kids are younger and need supervision. These parents split up the weekly schedule by giving each other shifts, so one might look after the kids in the morning while the other works, and then swap over in the afternoon. Depending on different parents’ passions and knowledge, they’ll split up different subjects between them too. Both get to keep working, and the kids don’t end up giving each other haircuts.
For parents who want to keep their kids learning but don’t have time – or the expertise – to teach themselves, many keep everything going by outsourcing to an expert. With one-to-one online tuition, kids get to learn from a dedicated tutor who knows the school curriculum. Parents don’t need to read up on long-forgotten subjects, and with EduPoint, they get the fun of talking to a tutor who’s at a top Nigerian university and just a few years older.
Some savvy mums and dads out there see time as something that can be used strategically. Heard of the 4-hour workweek? How about the 4-hour school timetable. Instead of doing a copy and paste job with the school day, these guys know that students can learn more efficiently on their own rather than in class. They might prioritize just core subjects or what their child enjoys most to keep education on track without overdoing it. With just a few hours of focused learning every week, kids can spend the rest of their time doing extra-curricular learning or other home projects that keep them happy and busy.
The Community Caller
Although everyone is staying at home at the moment, many communities and families are more connected than ever. Lots of parents have reached out to their extended families, school Whatsapp groups, community group chats, friends, and neighbours to get help and advice for homeschooling their kids. An uncle who’s a Maths whizz double very well as a tutor for weekly lessons on Zoom. Grandparents isolating in their home can share recipes, stories, and even history lessons on video chat too. Best of all, staying in touch with other parents provides somewhere to swap tips, favourite learning resources, and a good old place to vent when things feel tricky.
If your teens got to sit for a mock or exams coming up after half term, making your home a place where they can focus, relax and study at their best will make a big difference to how they perform on test day. For some top tips, have a look at our illustrated guide to making your home a super study sanctuary
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