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  • #9146

    So I am home schooling my children there are three of them. My first problem is getting them to do the work, They are so relaxed being home that I find they don’t really do the work unless I sitting there looking like I am going crazy. My second thing is how to handle the kids at home all day every day, I mean I am running out food before I can take it out the bags.
    Any moms on here that can help.

  • #22346

    Have you found any helpful ways to get them to focus? I’m looking to start. thanks

  • #22767

    I would suggest getting involved with a local Home School group. We are not currently homeschooling but have started looking into it, and I know there is no way I would be able to do it on my own at home and have enough structure to keep momentum with school work unless I had the support from a local homeschool group. It helps the kids with socialization (and moms too!) and also offers support for different school subjects that I might not be as prepared to teach or answer questions on, so other parents can chime in and help with certain lessons.

  • #23507

    I live in a very rural area and find it hard to be a part of a homeschool group. When my child has a hard time focusing I will take him to the library or sometimes even a park. Having a different atmosphere and way to motivate them (play time in the park or lunch) works wonders sometimes. Good luck!

  • #31995

    Still including fun activities schools offer helped me. Such as trips and special days for movie matched with the book. It gives them something to look forward to so they focused on the work to get it done.

  • #32307

    I usually put for them cartoons or let them play with paint, and sometimes I will let them cook the dinner with me

  • #72698

    I gave up trying with my now 15 year old. about 4 years ago, I enrolled her in an online academy and without literally sitting there watching her the whole 5 or so hours, she would not do anything. She would go on random websites and claim she was “researching” or watching youtube videos and claiming they were part of her lesson. After one year, I gave up and put her back into regular school. I think when they’re younger, its easier, and if you can get them focused at a young age, its different. Otherwise, you need to be prepared to watch them like a hawk and supervise the entire school day. This is why I now have so much respect for teachers. I couldnt do it.

  • #120269

    Yes, wondering myself how to get your child interested in schoolwork. Mine views as it as a chore and we literally fight over it yet she doesnt want to do traditional school either. She is very bright and a fast learner but that spark isnt there. Hoping to align with a local homeschool next year but I dont feel that will solve disinterest.

  • #130606

    I see some good tips, I’ve been thinking of home schooling my children but I’m not so sure yet.

  • #141160

    Not homeschooling yet, but thinking about it. My kids are still too small. During the day, to keep them focused on what they are doing and also give them (some) control of what to do, i give them 2 options of activities and, whatever they choose, it will last 30min. So far, it has been working well.

  • #142862

    Great information. Thank you.

  • #142930

    I would suggest maybe a bit more structure and a room dedicated for class. as far as food goes keep them on schedules

  • #142942

    great ones

  • #143046

    I hope school here too. where are you from?

  • #144216

    Great tips!

  • #145082

    This is really good advice.

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  • #145901

    A home school co-op would probably be very helpful in structuring your learning environment.

  • #147776

    Such a great read.

  • #173700

    To me, it sounds like an issue with structure and discipline. Adjusting to homeschooling can be a challenge for children and parents if you aren’t all on the same page as far as scheduling and expectations.

  • #177477

    Here are some tips to guide the way:

    Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
    Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
    Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
    Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
    Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)

  • #178302

    all such great ideas

  • #180527

    Very interesting!

  • #180536

    Very interesting!

  • #182062

    I really want to homeschool my kids but I have a feeling I will run into this same problem being a stay at home mom of two boys around the same age while my husband works all the time.

  • #186193

    good advice, thank you

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  • #208634

    That is certainly a problem to make your kids study cause with gaming consoles lying around, it is quite difficult to make them concentrate. I took 2 weeks off from work as my wife was in labor and i now i know how difficult it is to manage kids.

  • #220795

    Home schooling sounds like a lot of hard work

  • #222181

    I have my kids do housework and sit down and watch a movie or go to their rooms and play with their toys. I have 3 kids and mine are also still little. 7, 4, and 2. Sometimes they help with the laundry, and sometimes they help cook…. but that is only when they feel like it. haha. They are pretty great kids though. 🙂

  • #228004

    Thanks for the info.

  • #236003

    needs ideas for young teenagers

  • #243158

    This is hard because you get tired and the kids get tired of being with you. You have to keep changing things up

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