What an incredible shift you must be going through! It is hard to keep up with in a normal setting, and now in a global crisis?!? Wow!
Take a deep breath, let it out, and with it–let go of all expectations.
Considering the current world-wide emergency, a few months of slowing down school will be such a small sacrifice in the long run. Really, summer is only a few months away!
Virtual school/distance learning that is currently happening around the world is nothing like what homeschoolers life and education looks like.
A few reasons why, so you can have a burden lifted:
- Homeschool parents take time to figure out curriculum, routines, learning styles that work for them. And often have the freedom to change things up along the way.
- You are probably at the mercy of your children’s school. Which means they have NO IDEA about virtual school and is really new to them too. Teachers are all of a sudden throwing all their info onto screens and administration is expecting everyone to perform the same as in school. No mama, you cannot do this without burning out.
- Homeschoolers are used to the rythm of being home with family, but also are in new territory as far as social distancing, we feel the pain of it too. Especially with closures of libraries, zoos, and museums.
- SCREENTIME! ’nuff said…
- You are probably working from home too, and balancing your own things with children being home. PLUS making sure their work is done…WOAH! Definitely too much to handle
What is missing from that list? I guess it just depends on your family dynamic.
A few suggestions to keep your sanity through these times:
- Talk to your school, teachers, and let them know how you will be handling school and what is working or not working. Communication is key.
- Work at a pace that fits your schedule and routine. Avoid cramming everything into one day.
- Let them play! It is amazing what children learn through play!
- Trust your big kids, give them space and reponsibility, let it be a learning lesson for them too.
- Unite with others online who have same grade-levels as you and get their input too. Solidarity!