The pandemic sparked a wave of parents choosing homeschooling for their children – a decision that seems to be sticking. According to an analysis conducted by the Associated Press, the number of students being homeschooled increased by 63% in the 2020-2021 school year and only fell by 17% in the 2021-2022 school year.
When it comes to education, we know that technology is a great enabler – but also a potential distraction. With May being Homeschool Awareness Month, would you be interested in featuring some tips to help parents minimize unnecessary tech distractions at home?
The folks from 1Question, an app that sneakily introduces micro-learning moments in kids’ daily lives, would like to share the following:
- Consider having a dedicated tablet that’s solely for school work, one that’s pre-set with only curriculum-aligned apps
- Ensure notifications are turned off so that both you and your child don’t get sidetracked
- Change the settings on your child’s device to black and white versus color. This makes phone usage less appealing, meaning less aimless scrolling during downtime
- Have a set schedule with built-in tech breaks for lunch, stretching, reading out of a textbook, etc.
- Make staying focused a game by setting timers to get specific tasks done or rewarding your child for successfully completing the task at hand