This summer, my state’s homeschool site crashed because so many parents were on the site at the same time. With all the uncertainty about what the school year would look like, many parents opted to homeschool rather than be at the mercy of COVID and the school boards.
Other families here (and other places, of course) decided to stick with the schools but ended up doing virtual school from home when school systems decided not to re-open in person.
Thus, all the memes like this:
To all the parents out there thrown into the role of overseeing their children’s learning, I’m sending virtual high fives for the good days and chocolate for the tough days.
But I want to point out that what many parents are doing right now is not homeschooling. I don’t say that with any kind of judgement; I’ve done both and they are different.
School-at-home vs. Homeschooling
With school-at-home, the parent is in charge of making sure their child does the work, but without any choice in what they’re studying.
With homeschooling, the parent chooses the curriculum, the pace, and the schedule of what their child learns. There is great freedom in this but it’s a lot of work, too.
Yes, homeschoolers are pretty awesome but please know if you’re one of the parents who has been thrust into this, you’re probably living in survival mode. Homeschooling isn’t usually as stressful as what you may be experiencing now.
Try adding in some laid-back fun.
To keep everyone sane and happy, go ahead and do the required lessons, but consider adding in a few just-for-fun things. Maybe try online art lessons. Learn something creative, like knitting. Break out the puzzles or board games. Let the kids have a wii dance-athon. Get them in the kitchen to help bake some yummy things, and get outside whenever you can.
You can do this!