I know parents are kind of freaking out right now with the new school year right around the corner and a pandemic….with what seems like no end in sight.
The Department of Education, government officials and the teachers are all still trying to navigate this crazy ship, and they are all running out of time. We’ve received phone calls, surveys and emails from the school officials letting us know to be patient and that they should have an answer for us shortly…..and we wait….and we wait…
Parents are asking “If school doesn’t open in the Fall, what will we do?” or “what if they open up and we have to shut down again?....Well, we “as parents” will have to teach!
Ahhh I get it…..you work, you have a full time career, you’ve worked so hard for this, you need your income, you just can’t see yourself teaching….and the list goes on from there…
But what if I told you, you can teach! As a human your main objective is to pass down the knowledge you gain in your lifetime to your fellow species. This is what we are literally made for!
Do you remember teaching your child how to tie their shoes or make their beds?....That wasn’t the end of the world, right?
We as humans are made to adapt. The human body for example...readily responds to changing environmental stresses in a variety of biological and cultural ways. We can acclimatize to a wide range of temperature and humidity. This ability to rapidly adapt to varying environmental conditions has made it possible for us to survive in most regions of the world. We can do the same in life, not just body temperature.
Now you may have to change your lifestyle to adapt to these changes….work from home, cut down on living expenses, less dining out and more family meals, maybe even grow a garden to save money on groceries (use a simple project like these to teach your child about gardening basics, such as healthy soil, sunlight, and water).
So what is homeschooling?
Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children at home or at a variety of places other than school. Home education is usually conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher.
Something to consider, when you decide to homeschool, you will take on the duties and responsibilities of both a teacher and administrator. You will need to implement lessons, organize field trips, coordinate activities with other parents, and make sure you are compliant with state and local homeschool requirements. These responsibilities get added to your normal role as a parent.
One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is its flexibility. If your child is struggling with a subject or a specific concept, you do not need to skip it and move on. Instead, you can work with your child until she/ he has mastered the material. Homeschooling allows you to take all the time you need to ensure learning is taking place. Likewise, if your child is ready to move on, you do not need to waste time on redundant or repetitive lessons. Homeschooling children can move through educational materials at a faster pace than their peers. Additionally, Homeschoolers tend to perform better on standardized tests.
So let’s look at a few things you will need to look into before jumping on the homeschooling train!
I hope this helps someone prepare for the coming school year and hopefully this pandemic will disappear as fast as it came. Stay safe my friends!
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