As the school year progresses, it can feel harder and harder to keep up with the demanding schedule created by virtual schooling your child. Sometimes, it’s an unmotivated child who decides that they don’t want to put in the effort unless you stay on top of them all the time. Other times, it’s other things that get in the way: younger children who have things that they need to do; doctor’s appointments; even the weekly grocery shopping trip can be enough to make you just a little bit off-schedule. If you’re the parent at home during the day, it’s your responsibility to take care of a lot of the weekly errands—and if you’re trying to do that and keep up with class connect sessions, study island, and OLS work, it can get overwhelming in a hurry! Suddenly, you’re looking down at your child’s progress and realizing that it’s not as high as it needs to be—and worse, you have absolutely no idea how to catch up.
First, look over the work that your child still needs to complete. Some of it probably isn’t as difficult to finish as you’re afraid it is. Other times, you’ll discover that it’s easier to complete several lessons in one subject in a row—especially in literature, science, and history, where one lesson often flows into another quite smoothly—than it is to complete a single lesson in each of the subjects that need to be completed. This makes catching up easier than if you were going through it one lesson at a time. Look at it as a whole, then break it down into manageable parts from there, instead of taking the individual parts and working with them.
Next, set art and music aside for the time being. Remember that these subjects, while not optional, will have little impact on your child’s progression. They’re also shorter subjects with fewer lessons, so letting them sit for a little while so that you can catch up on core subjects isn’t a big deal.
Now, reevaluate your daily schedule. Are you rushing your child through their school day (sometimes to the detriment of their understanding, and sometimes to the detriment of subject completion) so that you can rush on to something else? Is there a distraction that’s making it difficult for your child to stay focused on their work? It can be as simple as a television show put on for a younger sibling, an inability to concentrate when you’re working with another sibling, or a schedule that just isn’t working for them (starting too late in the morning, or not getting started early enough). Fixing your schedule so that this doesn’t happen again might be as simple as putting your school-aged children in different rooms from each other, or starting an hour earlier in the mornings.
Also, keep in mind that working with your child’s teacher is the best way to get caught up. They might be able to bypass lessons that your child has already mastered through class connect, help with understanding a difficult lesson where they’ve gotten stuck, or otherwise make the experience a little bit easier.