It is a very weird time for all of us right now. Some of us are without jobs, some are working from home, some are being thrown into a new routine of homeschooling our kids on top of our already busy life. Just know that you are not alone. There is a lot of people that are going through the same roller coaster of emotions that you are regarding homeschooling your children and making sure you are doing enough.
As far as I know most schools have sent home packets of work that the children can work on so that they can still finish out the school year and not fall behind. I know that this has been a hard transition for parents, students, and teachers as y’all navigate through this new routine. Keep in mind that this packet does not have to be completed in one day or in one sitting. If it’s better for you and your child to break it up and work on it little by little every day then do that. All of the teachers that I have spoke with or have posted concerning this have been very reasonable with timelines of things getting done and you pacing it how it works for y’all. The best thing to do if you run into trouble would be to get in touch with your child’s teacher and see if they can do a Zoom meeting or FaceTime or whatever else they are able to do to help with any concerns that you have.
I will be open to any and all questions about whatever it is you may need help with. I obviously won’t have all of the answers but I will help in any way that I can. Homeschooling is hard and it is not for everyone. Then adding it on top of a full time job.. It’s a lot. I am a college student on top of homeschooling Autumn and Sophia and while that’s not the same as a FT job or working from home, I understand the added stress of piling homeschool on top of something that already takes up so much time.
The best piece of advice I can give you is to make a routine for homeschooling that works for your family. If it is better for y’all to get it done in the morning, do it that way. If it’s better in the afternoon, do it then. For the most part we start school at 9 am but I am flexible with this when need be. Be easy on yourself. Take it one day at a time. And if you need help, ask! Do not think that this is only on your shoulders.
I have been asked a couple of times how this all looks for us since we already homeschool our girls. I answered it briefly in my last Q&A post, but as far as I know nothing for us has changed. I still have to fulfill the 180 days that I am required to do and turn in any and all required paperwork at the end of the school year. With the schools being shut I am not sure how I will turn in the paperwork since our superintendent’s office is at our local public high school. We have until August to turn that in, and we haven’t even take the test yet, so I am sure that I will be able to figure something out or there will be extensions allowed depending on what everything looks like during that time.
As always, thanks so much for reading. Again, don’t hesitate to comment with any questions or concerns. I will help as much as I can.