With the mass hysteria of COVID-19, schools worldwide are being forced to close their doors. This means an influx of students are now spending their days at home, and parents are being forced to do what they believe is homeschooling.
I write this post with all sincerity in hopes to dispel some myths and spread truth about what’s really going on. One thing I’d like to clear up is this – parents of public/private schoolers, what you are doing is not homeschooling.
What homeschooling is not…
First, let me be clear about what homeschooling is. Homeschooling is the choice to educate your children at home. It is never a forcible act. It is a parents conscious choice to say, “Hey, I want to start homeschooling my children.” Typically, it is not something a parent is forced into doing.
But my children are having to do school at home…
Precisely my next point. While school-at-home is technically one of the methods that homeschooling families could choose to do, majority of them do not. This approach practically mimics the school system, from classroom setup to curriculum used. And in all honesty, that is the last thing that homeschooling parents want to do.
You’ll find that most homeschoolers today take a more relaxed, eclectic approach. One that is rooted in interest-led learning or a style that promotes natural learning. Some even purchase full boxed curricula to aid in the teaching of important concepts. However, this is done willingly and with much consideration.
How do I make schooling at home less stressful?
That is the question that before-the-crisis homeschoolers are being asked the most. Trust me when I say that we see you. And we genuinely see your concerns. I believe I speak for the majority of homeschooling parents when I say that we cannot imagine being in your dilemma.
Without knowing your specific situation, here are five overall stress-relievers that I personally suggest:
1. Let your children take a break.
I understand that some schools have sent work home to be completed, while others haven’t sent anything. Regardless, let your children adjust to the new norm by simply giving them a break.
2. Develop a plan.
If there’s one thing that gets us homeschoolers through, it’s having a plan. Plan out certain times for doing school work. Don’t try to plan every single minute of every single day. Consider block scheduling!
3. Stop panicking about your child not learning.
Our children are learning 24/7 whether they have a textbook in their face or not. Take this time to figure out things they are actually interested in learning and go from there!
4. Get creative.
Consider thinking outside the box for a moment. There are many ways your child can learn about a concept or topic. Thanks to technology, you can access lots of online resources from the comfort of your home.
5. Relax and focus on other key areas.
In addition to taking a break, this is also a good time to focus on other areas of development – especially the mental and emotional domains. Our children are learning how to react to life’s events by watching us. Now is a good time to not only model good behavior, but also talk about what is really going on.
Where do we go from here?
To be quite honest, I have no idea. What I do know is that some parents are enjoying having their children at home. They are even contemplating on sticking with keeping their children at home and may choose to actually make the switch to homeschooling.
For others, the light at the end of the tunnel is dim, but when schools open, their children will return. Regardless of what end you find yourself on, just take it easy. Don’t stress yourself out, and definitely don’t think that what you’ve been forced to do is truly homeschooling, because it’s not.
If you’re looking for help during this time, my friend Shaun the Homeschool Guru is hosting a free Temporary Homeschool Bootcamp. In her 1-hour bootcamp, you’ll get the information you need to homeschool while your children are out of school. She’ll help you navigate:
- research options
- schedule creation
- working while temporarily homeschooling
- tips for kids who refuse to do any work
- ways to bond during this time
- and more!
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CHIME IN: What questions do you have about schooling at home? Are you contemplating making the full switch to actually homeschooling? Let me know in the comments below!