Whether you and your family are planning to move down the street, across the states, or even outside the country, moving comes with challenges for every member of the family. As you handle packing up those moving boxes, getting paper work done, and hosting going away parties, it can be easy to let something as important as your children’s education fall through the cracks. For those of us who homeschool our children, this preparation usually happens with the children right there with you. This reality can put extra stress on families that homeschool, and that is why we’ve developed these tips to relieve it:
- Relax your plans – A big move will call on you to sacrifice much of the time you otherwise would spend teaching your children in the way you always planned. The best tip we can give you is to accept that you may need to loosen those plans in order to focus on the big move without extra stress. If you let the move make you a stressed out wreck, this will negatively affect your child’s learning anways. After all, once you finally do settle into the new home you can provide the quality and attention to detail you had always done before.
- Be open minded about learning techniques – Although you may need to drop some of the plans you had to cover all of the science or math you wanted to teach your child over the next few months, understand that there are other just as beneficial approaches to learning. Studies show that focusing on just one subject for a shorter period of time each day over the course of a few months can increase their understanding of that subject in ways the benefit in the long run.
- Get help – While hiring movers for the big move itself can greatly reduce the stress of moving, consider hiring a close friend to help your child with a project you have assigned them. A tutoring session for just one hour a week could make all of the difference for your child.
- Teaching them to adapt – Moving will give you and your child an opportunity to practice adapting to a new environment, an experience that homeschooling and any type of schooling does not always provide. So take advantage of this process as a chance to set an example for your child. Talk to them about how best to handle the change, why it is a positive thing, and how this new learning plan is great for reasons that may not be obvious.
- Reading at night – Reading to our children before they go to bed is one of the most well-known ways of teaching your child during their early years. Remember that whether they are 3,4 or 12, some form of this type of learning can and should still be accomplished. Set up a time before bed to have them read a chapter, and then discuss it with them. Reading at night will also leave more time free for you to handle the move during the day.