Saturday, January 29, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, July 31, 2020
Transitioning to School-at-Home
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 1838 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Transitioning from Public/Private School to School-at-Home

From Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii, July, 2020

Covid 19 has significantly impacted families across the globe.  Nationally, as well as here in Hawaii, it has meant cancellation of public events and closure of restaurants, stores, services, businesses and our schools.  Families are dealing with fears and uncertainties in all aspects of their daily lives – employment, health, social relationships.

The hundreds of families in Hawaii who home educate their children, according to the homeschool law, made this decision by choice and after much prayer and thought.  But with the closure of both public and private schools, many families have been thrown into a situation with little preparation as to how they will educate their children at home.

If you are one of these families, Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii is here to provide information, tips, and resources to help you teach your children at home during this challenging time.

Dad and mom, you love your children.  You want the best for them.  And you are probably doing a lot of what is suggested below.  With the school closures, it may just mean doing more of what you are already doing.

Enjoy your time with your children.

This is a stressful time for all. Your life, as well as the lives of your children, has been disrupted significantly.  The time you spend with your children will give them a sense of reassurance.  They need to know you are trusting God and that they can also trust Him.

“But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’”  –Psalm 31:14

Your children miss their friends. They are dealing with cancelled events.  They need you to guide them through disappointments.  Just like all of us, we need to acknowledge the sovereignty of God in all things, even when we don’t understand it.

“But our God is in heaven;  He does whatever He pleases.”  –Psalm 115:3

Set aside more time with the Lord.

Spend time reading God’s word and praying together with your children.

Look up Bible verses on the attributes of God – God’s holiness, sovereignty, faithfulness, omniscience, omnipotence, mercy, grace.

Memorize scripture together. Psalm 23 is always a favorite!

Develop a routine to organize your day.

A routine will give your children a sense of stability and continuity during this time of fluidity.

For starters, consider sticking with your current wake up schedule and routine.

Include your children in the plan, especially your teens.

Rather than an hour by hour schedule, consider blocks of time for different activities.

Be sure to include outdoor time for the children.

Blocks of time can include Bible and prayer, reading, games, life skills, outdoor play, ministry, academics.

Read, read, read with your children.

Set aside 30-60 minutes a day for reading together or independently; you can break the reading time into a few blocks throughout the day.

Good read-a-louds and audio books will still give your child a wonderful education.

Have an older sibling read to a younger one – wonderful way for sibling bonding!

After reading a chapter or book, your children can draw a picture of the story, write a summary or you can just talk about it.

Do activities together with your children.

Play board games.

Put together a puzzle.

Play charades.

Pursue a hobby.

Make homemade cards or do other crafts.

Teach life skills such as:

Planning, shopping, and cooking a meal

Budgeting

Cleaning a room in the house

Sorting, washing and folding laundry

Washing and drying dishes

Minister to others

Write letters to senior citizens or others restricted from going out to public places.

Bake some cookies for a neighbor.

Send your homemade card to someone who needs some encouragement.

Academics

If you need to focus on the academics, determine what subjects will be covered.

If the school has not provided online instruction or any structured assignments, you can put together your own plans.

The major subjects – Language arts/English, math, social studies/history, and science – do not necessarily need to be done daily.

It usually takes less time for individual work to be completed compared to classroom time.

Reading, research and writing about a topic of interest may be particularly motivating for a junior high and high school student.

Specific topics, geared to a child’s particular interest, can cover a more than one subject. For example, if a child is interested in dinosaurs, science, reading and writing can focus on dinosaurs.

Teach Bible, social studies, and science to all your children together. Your expectations for each child depends on his/her abilities.

Use the time for high school students to research and investigate different colleges.

Start a journal. Try one of these prompts, “The best part of my day …”  “My favorite breakfast is …”  “Every 10 year old should …”  Google for more ideas.

Go to www.Homeschoolfreedom.com and click on “Stuck at home” for a list of books, movies, podcasts, tours, educational sites, printables/downloads, and more.

If Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii can be of further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at info@christianhomeschooersofhawaii.org

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Life Alliance

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT