Thriving During Distance Learning
Updated: May 19, 2020
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is a beautiful sentiment of simplicity behind this quote and perhaps, in today's digital age, the "library" could be replaced with the "internet" though many would still shudder to think so. But now that we are being temporarily stripped of our usual luxuries and even confined to our homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, this ancient quote is being put to the test.
Children are having to practice "distance learning" since attending school is not an option and parents who never planned to homeschool are struggling to figure out how to ensure their children stay on the educational path while juggling everything else on their plate, possibly even working from home.
Plus, we have a lot of questions:
Can we really find satisfaction without our restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping excursions?
Are books and outdoor exploration really enough to educate a child?
How are we going to get through this unfamiliar territory in one piece?
As a former-public-school-teacher-now-homeschool-mom, I hope I can offer a bit of encouragement here, but not alone. My friend (and veteran homeschool mom of four now-adult children) Jane and I worked together to compile a list of tips, tricks, resources, and encouragement for parents who are now faced with the seemingly daunting task of educating their children from home.
We hope these insights prove helpful and encourage you to THRIVE through this unique time, not just survive it!
So, get ready, we've got three weeks of help coming your way! Grab a beverage; here we go!
A Few Points to Remember
1. School at Home is NOT the Same as School in the Classroom
You don't have to recreate the school day. You might want to find a way to occupy your children for 6-8 hours a day, which is a different topic and we'll have some helpful resources for that as well, but first, please release yourself from the idea that you have to be teaching or your child has to be "actively learning" for 8, 6, or even 4 hours each day. It's simply unrealistic.
Public school is designed for many children in a classroom setting. At home, learning goes much faster one-on-one.
A few things to try: