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Because you’re a homeschool parent, you know better than anyone that life gets crazy.
You’re a jack-of-all trades when it comes to the kids–cooking, teaching, cleaning, advising, encouraging, and nursing (with a proficiency in slapping on Band-Aids.)
With so much happening every day, getting everyone to sit down and focus on schoolwork can be a challenge.
Encourage focus through your school day with these simple steps.
Take time to watch your children and consider their strengths and weaknesses.
Do the kids focus best in their own rooms, or near you? One may be more self-motivated and get through everything by the end of the morning. Another might work best with short-term goals and subjects broken up throughout the day.
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Keep learning your children as they grow. You’ll find the keys for
helping them to focus rest in understanding their needs.
You may be saying, “Duh!” but seriously, this eliminates unnecessary stop-and-start-again time.
The couch is the perfect place… for relaxing. So doing schoolwork there isn’t the best for keeping your child focused (although it can be a great change of scenery for quiet reading time).
Right in the morning, set the pace for the day. Talk about what needs to get done, then hold your children responsible for following through.
Uninterrupted focus is difficult even for adults. When you know what each child can do, you’ll know when you’re pushing them to be better and when you’re asking the impossible.
Even something simple can be surprisingly good motivation!
This doesn’t mean be bright-eyed and ready to go at 6 a.m. sharp, but start each morning at the same time as often as you can.
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