Whether students are homeschooled or attend traditional schools, many of them begin to get burnt out around this time every year. As the seasons begin to change, children become excited about spring and summer sports and activities. However, burnout can be a difficult hump to get over for homeschoolers. Students can become increasingly distracted and find it hard to focus, while parents get drained from the recordkeeping, grading, and lesson planning that they have had to do all year.
Power Homeschool wants to share with you some tips for avoiding the springtime homeschool burnout, and specifically, how our curriculum can help.
4 Ways Power Homeschool Can Help Avoid Burnout
Power Homeschool is an online curriculum for K-12 homeschool students with a self-paced structure and tools that help prevent homeschool burnout.
1. Automates the Busy Work
A homeschool parent is responsible for overseeing every aspect of their student’s education. Between grading and planning lessons, the parent can have enough work for a whole week. Add teaching and providing instruction on top of that, and it is no surprise that home educators can quickly become burnt out.
Power Homeschool, however, can help automate the busy work associated with home education. For example, our lesson plans are prepared by highly qualified educators, which ensures our students meet the necessary milestones for their grade level. Parents will save time on planning lessons and coursework because everything will be prepared for them. Additionally, the system automatically grades the student’s work, generates progress reports, and tracks attendance. These tools save parents valuable time.
2. Provides a Flexible Structure
Like many other homeschool curriculums, Power Homeschool’s courses are self-paced, which offers many benefits that prevent burn out. Students can complete schoolwork when they feel most productive rather than being confined to the traditional classroom schedule. This means that students who work best in the morning can complete the majority of their work before lunch and move on to other activities in the afternoon. Students can also take frequent breaks to play outside or do crafts. Students and parents don’t need to worry about falling behind; instead, they can focus on learning the material and taking breaks when necessary.
3. Comes with Tools to Help Both Parents and Students
Power Homeschool is not just a homeschool curriculum but is also made up of a variety of tools and resources that help both students and parents. For example, the Live Monitor tool allows parents to track how their student is doing in real-time. While the student is working through lessons, the parent can be working or completing housework. If the program notices the student is struggling with a lesson or problem, it will alert the parent that their student needs help. All of this occurs on the Acellus app.
While students are completing lessons, they have several resources that can help them if they are not understanding a concept, such as extra help videos and practice problems. Students can focus on learning the concept in front of them without feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. If these tools do not help the student understand the problem, the Live Monitor tool will alert the parent to step in to help. These tools were specifically designed to help ensure both parents and students are successful with the Power Homeschool system, which includes preventing burn out.
4. Offers a Variety of Courses to Choose From
Often, homeschool curriculums stick to the core subjects of math, science, social studies, and language arts and reading. However, having access to electives is also important. Power Homeschool’s course catalog includes a variety of different electives, foreign languages, and emotional and social learning opportunities. Students can take courses that they find interesting, like art or coding. As students move to higher grade levels, they have more options to choose from. We offer career and technical courses to high school students, allowing them to explore areas of interest that may lead to career opportunities. Students who are taking courses that align with their interests will be more engaged and are less likely to experience burn out.
Other Tips for Preventing Homeschool Burnout
In addition to Power Homeschool’s program helping to prevent burn out, there are additional things that homeschoolers can do if they are feeling unmotivated or bored. First, if you don’t already have a homeschool support group, we recommend joining one. Parents can share advice on how they help prevent the spring-time lull. Groups can also meet for outdoor activities, educational play, or other enrichment activities.
Homeschoolers can also go on field trips, either with their families or support groups. Exploring museums, zoos, or historical sites allow students to learn outside of their day-to-day routine. Since homeschooling allows for a more flexible schedule than traditional schools, homeschoolers can incorporate more field trips into their education. Going on a field trip every month or so is a great way to keep the material new and exciting.
At Power Homeschool, we hope these tips can help you and your students stay motivated this time of year. Now, we would love to hear from you! What are some ways that you prevent homeschool burnout, especially around this time of year?