THE Y CAN HELP
At the Y, we are dedicated to supporting students in our communities that are facing an accelerated learning slide due to the COVID-19 crisis. This on-demand service assists parents in navigating the academic needs of their children.
To help us serve you better, please be sure to send an email with the following information:
- Your name and the best phone number and email address to reach you
- The ages and grades of the students in your home
- What resources we can provide to support your student's academic journey
One of our teammates will reach back out to you within one business day.
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FAQ: HOMESCHOOLING YOUR CHILD
Homeschool at this time is new for many of us. However, we have leveraged resources from our existing Homeschool model to help provide a bridge to your family in the “new normal.” During a typical school week of Homeschool, we participate in academic classes, play dates, field trips and extracurricular activities. Here are answers to frequently asked questions to guide you in this journey. We are all in this together.
How do you set up a daily schedule?
Make a list. What needs to be accomplished today? Include simple tasks like making your bed and walking the dog along with academic work. Checking things off a list provide structure and a sense of accomplishment for your child.
Break larger assignments into smaller chunks. A page of 30 math problems could be listed in increments of 5-10 problems. Divide a writing paper into sections. Brainstorm, key word outline, rough draft, spelling and grammar, parent proofread and final product. Think of the schedule more as a guide for your daily routine rather than making sure things are done at a certain time each day.
How do you get students to accomplish school time for 6-8 hours a day?
You don’t. Divide academic tasks into 15-45 minute blocks depending on age. Plan for short breaks in between.
What is most important for my younger school age child to do each day?
Play. Really, imaginative play is the best thing for our young learners. Have them act out a book you read. Retell a story at dinner.
How do you homeschool a high school student?
You can be their guidance counselor. High school students are independent learners and thinkers. They just need a bit of guidance on setting goals. Math and reading are essential even if they are reviewing math concepts they’ve already learned. If you have a 9th, 10th or 11th grade student, encourage them to practice SAT questions on Khan Academy or similar websites. This is also a great time to have your high school student research colleges of interest.
How long should we spend doing school at home?
Elementary: 1-2 Hours. In lower elementary school, sit down school work may not even take an hour. The focus is on play, reading, and math at this age. Check out Sarah Mackenzie’s Read Aloud Revival and the Five in a Row series by Jane Claire Lambert for some inspiration.
Middle School: 2-3 Hours. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer is a good resource for scheduling a middle school day.
High School: About 3-5 Hours. Incorporate test prep, documentaries, math and reading.
What curriculum should I use?
Part of the benefit of homeschooling is the freedom to find the best fit for your child and to allow them more free time to pursue their interests. 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy is a good resource to choose curriculum based on the parent’s teaching style and their child’s learning style.
What are the requirements for homeschooling?
If you have enjoyed having your children at home and are thinking about homeschooling, check state guidelines. In North Carolina, homeschool families file their intent to homeschool with the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education (NCDPNE). NCDPNE takes applications July 1 – April 30.