School at Home
Welcome to doing school at home! We have reached out to our Carmel Home Educator families for tips and tricks of homeschooling, and encouragement to help you to be successful. The following is a compilation of many families' advice to you... and remember you can do it! God has given you each child for a reason and a purpose.
Carmel Home Educators Ministry exists to glorify God and make disciples of Carmel Baptist Church's "nearest" by equipping home educators to be primary disciple makers through events, mutual support, encouragement, and opportunities for fun and educational fellowship. Questions? Contact .
Charlotte Christian Homeschool Network (CCHnet) is a Christian support group for the Greater Charlotte area and a wonderful source for getting questions answered.
If you are considering homeschooling, find some of your first steps here:
suggestions from Carmel Home Educators:
- Homeschooling can seem like a daunting task, and many people say they don't have the patience to homeschool. No one does! It’s by God’s grace that we grow in perseverance. It’s a great time to show your kids (and even tell them) that you need Jesus as much as they do. And then walk out what it means to abide with Him so you can let Him live through you to your kids. Start each day in prayer together, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide you through each day together. This is a great way to calm your spirit and bring shalom to your home.
- Decide the loose order of your day and stick to it for a few days. Put it up for the kids to see on the refrigerator or other prominent place, this will cut down on them asking you for directions. Tweak it as needed. Doing school at your home does not have to look like standard school. Some families do like specific timetables but many families prefer to follow a loose order for their day. You can do school subjects in the same order as your child’s classroom is scheduled. However, many homeschoolers prefer to alternate between “right-brain” creative subjects like art, music, and language and “left brain” critical thinking subjects like math and foreign language. Talk to your child about what they would prefer. These routines, and knowing what to expect, help our kids feel secure and safe.
- Start your day gathered together for “Morning Time”. This time should start with prayer for the day, for each other, for our leaders and families. Then family devotions or Bible readings with everyone reading a section in their Bible out-loud. This sets the tone for the day. You can also choose a verse to memorize together during this time. Some families say kind words about each other each morning and have a group hug. We have an amazing opportunity right now to pour into our children and to build their relationships with each other.
- Decide where you will do schoolwork. For some homeschoolers working at the table together works very well. For others, school can happen anywhere the kids feel comfortable: in a hammock, upside down on the sofa, or on the floor stretched out. Again, your school at home doesn’t have to look like a regular classroom. You get to choose with your children how school at home will look. It is good to have a dedicated place for all the schoolwork to stay at the end of the day. That way when it is time to turn it in or start work the next day it won’t have gone missing.
- Break up your day with time outside. At the very least they should be outside for an hour each day. You don’t need to direct their play; you can give suggestions and supervise from a distance. They will eventually figure out what to do and will enjoy the time to explore and be free. The fresh air and vitamin D is great for staying healthy! Placing things like a soccer ball, bubbles, chalk, or other outdoor activities in view for them to find will encourage them to play independently.
- Let them sleep! Homeschool time is flexible, so you might consider letting your children sleep in later than normal. Not only does extra sleep help us stay healthy, but also, if they are playing more outside they will need more sleep.
- Start the day off with protein and keep them well hydrated. Again, with playing outside more than normal they will need good food and water to keep them running. Protein deficient and dehydrated kids tend to meltdown quickly especially with the added stress. If you are working from home this is a good time to eat together and check in on their progress.
- Learn something new. Teach them how to cook a simple meal, how to do a few chores, yard-work, home-maintenance, check the oil in your car, or design an online card to send to someone special. This is an amazing time to teach them about what you do at your job or to teach them any special skills you have.
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: https://cmlibrary.org/ Offers Hoopla to check out audiobooks and digital media and many other digital learning opportunities
- Khan Acadamy: www.khanacademy.org Engaging, outstanding math curriculum including instructional videos. It’s free! Other subjects include science, computer programming, art history and more.
- RightNow Media: www.rightnowmedia.org is currently offering free access without church code.
- Audible: www.audible.com Listen to audio books. Some favorites for upper elementary and middle school are biographies by Benge- for example, Cameron Townsend, Good News in Every Language (in Christian Heroes, Then and Now series), or Abraham Lincoln/Heroes of History Series, also by Benge.
- Lamplighter: www.lamplighter.net has great stories to listen to and a discount right now
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: https://www.oaclub.org Adventures in Odyssey is giving 4 free weeks to listen
- IXL Personalized Learning: www.ixl.com - All subjects available, grades K-12
- Read Charlotte: Learning at Home Read Charlotte worked with community partners to curate this list of resources to help families keep learning alive at home for children from Pre-K-12th grade amid school closures