5 tips on how to create less stressful homeschooling.

School term is approaching and The COVID-19 Pandemic is still continuing. One of the biggest challenges for parents is that many children across Australia are no longer physically attending school as many parents are keeping their children home as a precaution for various reasons. I have been hearing many parents complaining about how hard it is to homeschool their children. Home schooling can be tricky, especially if you are also trying to work from home or look after younger children or both.

Here are some things you can do to help support your child physically and emotionally with learning from home.

1. Start the night before - It’s important that children do not see this as an extended holiday but as normal school from home, they need to show up on time just like any other school day. Going to bed early and getting up at a reasonable time is important to ensure your child is getting enough sleep. If your child has a problem going to sleep, try a simple breathing exercise “Belly Breathing” and see if this can help them going to sleep easier.

2. Morning routine - Hopefully, your child goes to bed on time and gets up nice and fresh ready for the school day. Make sure you establish a regular morning routine for school days to differentiate between weekend/school holiday and week days. To help with your morning routine, Little Yogi offers free meditation starting at 8:30am AEST every weekday for 10 minutes from Tuesday April 28th to Friday May 8th. You can incorporate this as part of the morning routine to help them get their mind ready for learning.

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3. Set up a learning space - Create an area in your house for your child to be able to focus on learning. Minimum distraction is the key. If possible, find a quiet space with efficient lighting where they feel comfortable. Make sure your child doesn't stay seated for too long, encourage some movement. Go for a walk around the block to get some fresh air and move the body. Another option, you can put on Little Yogi Kids Yoga and Mindfulness classes, “Namaste at Home” series. This can be found on the link below. There are five classes for every day of the week! If you like the videos, please click like, subscribe and share them with your friends and family.

4. Keep checking in with your child - not just the school work but how they feel emotionally. Be around to help with any particular tasks that your child might find difficult. If you are working from home, be honest with your child and tell them what to expect. If you need to be in a meeting or need sometime to focus and finish a certain task let them know that you cannot be interrupted. This helps establish communication skills between you and your child. Comfort your child that you will come back and check from time to time and ask if they need any help. Communication is the key! Do not expect or assume, be clear and allow for imperfection, this is a wonderful time to understand your needs and your child’s needs on a deeper level.

5. Help them to stay connected with friends - Some children need this more than others. Some are happy being alone and feeling content without friends. The key is to observe your child and give them options. Some children don’t know that it’s possible to stay connected with their friends. There are many ways to do this. Phone calls, video calls like FaceTime, Viber, Line, while schools are using teleconferencing facilities such as Zoom or Skype. This being said ensure you are aware of who your child is communicating with. Whatever you choose It’s important that your child doesn't feel lonely and disconnected. The key is to pay attention and be aware of your child’s needs.

Remember, most of us are not teachers, just do what you can, without creating stress for you or your child. Spend time together, get outside when you can (even if it’s the backyard), and stay safe. You know your child best and can give them what they need. You are doing an amazing job!


Ying Bean