Jeffry Parker on Tips to Help Kids Stay Engaged for First-Time Homeschoolers

Having children home 24/7, possibly for the first time in our careers, is a major shift for us as parents and can be a challenge for our children. My wife and I have successfully homeschooled our children for several years. Our curriculum has been predominantly delivered online. Initially our biggest challenge was to keep them engaged with their schoolwork.

As we all adjust to the reality of school closures and many students going 100% online for the first time, I thought it would be helpful to share a few practical tips on how we keep our at home students engaged.

For background, we have four children. Our oldest son graduated high school a year early last year. Our oldest daughter is on schedule to graduate a year early as well. Our youngest son and daughter are currently on a similar pace.

To be successful, and as I do with any major endeavor, we set a vision statement for our group. (Vision statement? Yes, I am a bit of a career and leadership nerd). For our vision statement, we chose a familiar verse my grandfather taught me over forty years ago.

My grandfather, who lived through the Great Depression, taught me this verse of scripture as a standard from which my work ethic derives. The verse is:

Colossian 3:17 (ESV) “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”Grandpa used to tell me, no matter who is paying you, ultimately you work for Jesus Christ, so act accordingly. He always said it in a warm tone as he believed it was a privilege for followers of Christ to work for Him.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeffry Parker