Last Updated on March 18, 2023 by Amber Heard
Homeschooling Tips for Busy Folks
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working parent, or have a busy job, there are some homemaking tips for busy folks to keep your busy schedule in check. You can learn more about book-based homeschooling, setting up an at-home learning environment, and keeping your dog under control. The best way to keep your kids and dog happy is to make time for your kids, but don’t forget to make a plan for how you’re going to teach them.
If your family is looking for a fun way to homeschool your boys, consider a book-based program. Dog on a Log has many of the same components as more expensive Orton-Gillingham programs. However, it requires that you teach your children throughout the program. You will need to direct your child’s learning, review what they’ve learned, and reteach. In addition, Dog on a Log requires that you create resources from printables, and teach without any scripted lessons.
Setting up an at-home environment conducive to learning
When setting up a home environment conducive to learning for boys and avoiding distractions, be sure to set aside a dedicated area that is both comfortable and distraction-free. A flat surface is ideal, and beds are not recommended. Beds cause trouble during learning time, and the room must have plenty of natural light and adequate artificial lighting. Children need to be able to concentrate on tasks at hand.
Keeping your dog under control
Keeping your dog under control is one of the most important aspects of homeschooling boys and a puppy. Kids aren’t always aware of dog body language, so they are more likely to misread a dog’s cues and react with aggression. It’s best to avoid playtime with big dogs, such as playing fetch, and also limit interaction between children and dogs.
If your child does nip or play with an object that the dog should not be near, keep a close eye on them. If your dog begins to get amped up, redirect it and give it its own toy instead. Remember that it can take some time for your dog to understand its boundaries, and it may think the object smells like him and is acceptable to chew.
Children and dogs have different body language, which means their interactions can be quite complex. If your child tries to play with a labrador and the dog does the same, your wires are likely to get crossed. Children often play loudly and have no clue how to stop a game with a stiff posture. When children play with a puppy, their impulsive behavior can lead to a nip from a perfectly friendly dog.