HOMESCHOOLING in 2020

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​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? 

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​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.

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​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.

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So let’s look at a few things you will need to look into before jumping on the homeschooling train!

  1. Your child will need a comfortable learning space and having their own desk has huge benefits such as improved posture, keeps them focused, promotes independence and gets them motivated. You can get a small desk at a garage sale, thrift store or even on Amazon without spending a ton of money.
  2. Look for supplies, most states have programs now to help you gain supplies for free due to the pandemic. Virtual learning is being launched all across the United States and most states are even providing students with laptops. Check with your local Department of Education to see if they are offering a program like this. If not, you can find a suitable laptop for less than $200.00. 
  3. Join a “school”. Depending on your financial situation you have a ton of options for homeschooling. Program costs range from “free” to $4000 a month! You may need to do a little research before signing up. All programs are different and you will need to find a program that fits your family, beliefs, financial needs and your child’s current education. 
  4. Find groups! Joining groups and families that also homeschool is going to help everyone in your household. Most homeschoolers get their social interaction with other homeschoolers. Parents set up sports, meet-ups, field trips and so much more with other families that are going through the same things. It’s important to join groups so your children get a chance to socialize. 
  5. Don’t let others discourage you from homeschooling. I know there’s a lot of parents that don’t want to homeschool or maybe they just don’t really know enough about it. If someone had a bad experience in the past homeschooling their children, just remember their experience will be different from yours. Every family is unique and all parents will educate their children differently. 
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​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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