Parents everywhere now find themselves teaching their own kids – somewhat reluctantly – with lots of the nation’s schools closing down because of the pandemic.

Several schools now use online learning and are sending tons of homework, but a large number of parents are not well-equipped to be educators. Additionally, excessive parent interference and too much pressure with a child’s schoolwork can impede their success because they often take the wrong approach. At this time, parents have no choice but to butt in, and this somewhat forced alliance is not without some challenges.

Are you a parent that is struggling to find your footing with your new homeschooling job? Then this practical guide is for you! Our teacher’s guide will help you, from ‘how to plan a lesson?’ to self-doubt in teaching your own child.

A Teacher’s Guide for Parents Reluctantly Home-schooling Their Kids

Let’s start by answering some vital questions.

How do I plan our day?

Schools have schedules and timetables for a reason: Keeping children engaged for seven hours is difficult enough even with a pre-set schedule. Without organized transition times, it’s easy to spend hours teaching just one topic – or not spend enough time on it and end up having a noisy class with excess free time.

To replace the regular school bell, you can set alarms with your phone to structure the day into different time segments, according to your preference. Or you can mark out the class times on a calendar and stick strictly to it. Allocate time quotas for every subject you intend to teach, including lunchtime and recess. Make provision for transition periods of about 5 to 10 minutes for your kids to stretch and unwind before the next “class.”

A homeschooling pro tip is to have a separate time for yourself to finish everything you need to do, so you can give your kids your undivided attention while teaching them.

How do homeschoolers prepare a lesson plan?

Planning a lesson is crucial and comes with many benefits for you as well as for your child. There are several ways to structure lesson plans, one is the “Simon says” method; in essence, “I do, we do, you do.” You – the teacher – will begin by introducing and thoroughly explaining a topic, then the student – your child – will practice with your help, after which you will evaluate their work to ensure that they’ve grasped the concept. You can then point out and address their mistakes.

It is crucial for the student(s) to independently practice what has been taught because it aids their understanding and gives you a little me-time.

Bear in mind that the teacher does not have the time luxury to observe every question for each student in the ideal situation, so you shouldn’t do that either.

What do I do if my kids refuse to listen to me?

Almost all teachers know that children usually like to test the negotiation limits on the first day of school. Is this teacher strict? How much can we get away with?

While your class may not be filled with 20 or so students, you have a different problem: students who know you through and through. With this in mind, you must ensure to maintain your stance as a teacher. You’ll definitely make some mistakes, and your professional wardrobe may consist mainly of slacks and sweatpants. But, for your teaching to be effective, consistency is vital.

From your first day of classes, establish your authority as their teacher and insist on it – even if they cry or whine – and follow your laid-out schedule strictly.

What if I am not a good teacher?

Sometimes teaching is hard. But your energy level, confidence and effort, and adaptability are the most important factors. You may not feel like a great teacher, but you’re the best you can, and that best is certainly good enough.

I hope that you thoroughly enjoy your new role as a parent-teacher!