Updated: May 22, 2020
We are all feeling the need to fill the time … to make the most of it… to be productive . But I want to tell you that you aren’t and shouldn’t be trying to duplicate school in your homes .
We are all feeling the need to fill the time … to make the most of it… to be productive . But I want to tell you that you aren’t and shouldn’t be trying to duplicate school in your homes . That shouldn’t be the expectation or the goal. These are not normal times, these aren’t chosen circumstances . So many of you were thrust into homeschooling and being home with your children with no heads up or preparation. You didn’t have months to plan for this . So with these extra-ordinary times we must be gentle with ourselves and our expectations . And part of this is taking the moment to just breathe. And I mean really deep breathe.
"You didn’t have months to plan for this . So with these extra-ordinary times we must be gentle with ourselves and our expectations."
Many of us are anxious , scared and overwhelmed . We are trying to keep it together, not only for ourselves but for our children who are looking to us for guidance and coping mechanisms. So business as usual and just copying what we did before isn’t going to work. In the midst of this , I’d first say welcome to the homeschooling world as many of you see it ain’t for the weak…lol. But you know what , you can get through . We will do that together . So let’s ease into this and make sure we are taking it slow and doing what we can , when we can. If that means , we are just reading for an hour and that’s all that got done today … we will take it . It’s a starting point and we can build and structure our days around what is working . Remember you don’t need the entire day to homeschool . You Could structure your day to run from 8-3 like a regular school day, but you don’t have to . You are teaching just your children , not a class of 20-30 students . So a little goes a long way. Trust me !! So for now , see what works for you all. See what doesn’t . Get creative . Pretend as if there are no bounds on time and you can do what you want , how you want . What would that look like for you and your child(ren)? Could you all start the day later allowing for more sleep and rest ? Is morning the time when you all are more focused ? Maybe that is the time you do the work that is most challenging or time consuming ? Think of this time as a time where you can really get to know your child and how they learn and what works best for them . Think of it as if the sky is the limit and try not to be held hostage by fear . Be free . Be creative . Think outside the box. Use this time to really explore and learn . So Just breathe .. you got this !!!