2020 School From Home Guide For Parents

How To School From Home:
Ultimate Parents’ Guide for 2020-2021 Academic School Year Reopenings

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FEELING OVERWHELMED WITH SCHOOL FROM HOME?

You’re stuck at home with kids and you find yourself with emergency school closing, reviewing school choices for the 2020-2021 academic school year and now you need to school in home … while also trying to learn remote learning tools along with working from home and everything else.

So, how can parents deal with school at home for the new academic year and adapt to school reopening schedules in addition to personal and family emergencies and hardships, and also suddenly juggling working and homeschooling and housework (and everything else)?

I mean, how do you even know how to do homeschool?

It’s SO HARD.

We get it so much that we put together these important education resources to help you emergency school at home for the current school year.

It’s the ultimate parent guide on emergency homeschooling / schooling at home and keeping your kids healthy, safe, AND BUSY learning during this time so you don’t worry about them falling behind.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR INFO ON HOW TO TRANSITION TO HOMESCHOOLING AFTER EMERGENCY SCHOOL AT HOME AND WANT TO GET RIGHT TO IT, GRAB OUR HOMESCHOOL HOW TO GUIDE.

A PERSONAL SCHOOL FROM HOME MESSAGE

BEFORE WE GET TO THE SCHOOL AT HOME TIPS, I WANT TO SHARE A MESSAGE I RECEIVED FROM A PANICKED MOM DURING THIS BACK TO SCHOOL TIME:

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I received a message that really tugged at my heartstrings because boy do I remember being here. I’ve shared her message (with permission if I didn’t use her name) and my answer back because I know some of you must be feeling the same.
 
THE MESSAGE:
 
“Hi. I don’t really know what to say except that I need help. I’m in a full blown panic attack about how to home school my two kids. What if they fall behind? How am I supposed to do all of this? If you were me where would you start? Do I need to find homeschool programs?”
 
MY ANSWER:
 
I totally get where you are coming from. It’s pretty overwhelming to start schooling at home when you’ve planned for it, let alone when you’ve been thrown into it and are being forced to homeschool / school from home online.
 
LET’S JUST SAY IT: IT SUCKS.
 
And, I’m going to drop a truth-bomb:
It might continue to suck for a little while during this time: AND THAT’S COMPLETELY NORMAL.
 
AND… it’s going to take a little bit of mindshift on your part…
 
What I want you to know is that if you do ANY kind of learning (watching History or cooking channels, coding a video game, taking a nature hike etc etc etc), your kids are not going to fall behind. I know it feels unnatural compared to what you’ve been used to, but you’ll just have to trust me on this.
 
IF SUDDENLY THROWN INTO SCHOOLING FROM HOME…
 
1. If you’re schooling from home (as in, still attending your public or private school, but they’ve just moved to full-time virtual learning or part-time remote learning), you’ll need to look to them for school reopening guidelines.
 
2. If you’re transitioning to home school, take a break. (Even though we’ve all been at home for months!) Don’t spend these first days (or couple of weeks) trying to recreate school at home. I strongly suggest deschooling for a period of time. (There’s no magic “homeschool near me” heel clicking three times to take care of all of this, but deschool will help!)
 
3. If your kids want to sleep in on school days (and don’t have to be on virtual classes at certain times), let them sleep in. They’ll still be able to function in the world later in life. I promise. 🙂 (And, it will be better for all of you!)
 
4. If you have a more independent school schedule (or remote learning schedule), don’t try to do all the things. Pick one or two things to focus on each day as “learning.” You don’t need to spend hours and hours sitting at a table doing worksheets. There are absolutely zero studies that say your child needs to be focused on academics from a textbook for 6-8 hours each day.
 
5. If it’s not working, don’t force it. If doing an assigned worksheet or reading from a text is causing drama at the moment, give it a break and come back to it later.
 
6. Transitioning to homeschooling? Ask your kids what they want to learn. (GASP. I KNOW.) And, then learn it with them. (Did I really want to learn Minecraft? That answer is NO. Yet I still listen to hours of Minecraft discussion each week.) This is a great time to help your child develop a love of learning. One of the best ways to do that is to allow them to learn about what they want.
 
7. Realize that learning can take place anywhere in your house (or even your backyard or balcony! FOR REAL!). You don’t necessarily need a homeschool room (especially if you have a small space), but if you have a homework area or a place to keep school supplies in one spot, cool. If not, don’t sweat it.
 
8. Stop listening to everyone else and spending hours complaining or commiserating in Facebook groups. Instead, just step back a little and let your family find their groove. If your kids want to lounge in bed for an hour when they first wake up reading or playing on their phone, let them. Schedules can be relaxed and flexible. Your kids will still learn!
 
9. BREATHE and realize that this will not look or feel like anything else you’ve experienced. No one expects you to be perfect, but you are the parent and — believe it or not — you are already qualified to lead your child in learning. It’s probably going to push you way out of your comfort zone, though. That’s OK.

 

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PUBLIC SCHOOL VS HOME SCHOOL

Homeschooling vs Public School

You may be wondering Should I continue with public school or should I just transition to home school?

Public school vs homeschool can be a hard decision in a normal time, let alone when you’re dealing with a ton of other weird factors.

If you’re trying to make this decision, we recommend that you start with Homeschooling vs Public School: Real Truth and Helping You Decide.

We get into the real public school vs homeschool pros and cons and other helpful school information to help you make the best decision.

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Handling Emergency Situations With Kids Bundle

 

YOU MAY ALSO FIND THIS EMERGENCY SCHOOL FROM HOME GUIDE HELPFUL

We’ve taken all the best information across our emergency posts AND MORE and created one 65-page e-book: The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to Handling Emergencies and School At Home with Kids that you can print and keep during times you don’t have access to the internet or electricity during emergencies of all kinds!

This School From Home During Emergency Situations Parenting Guide is perfect for:

  • Being stuck at home with kids for extended periods during emergency situations and keeping them learning in fun and unique ways
  • Adapting to school from home
  • Dealing with school cancellations, school closings, and emergency homeschooling (even temporary homeschooling)
  • Dealing with widespread health emergencies or weather issues like snow days and natural disasters
  • Emergency preparation for your family
  • Helping kids deal with scary feelings and emotions during emergencies

 

The bundle includes the following parenting guides:

  • Helping Kids Cope with Emergencies, Tragedies and Disasters
  • Talking To Your Kids About Scary Weather and Natural Disasters
  • How To School At Home During Emergencies
  • How To Create 72-Hour Emergency Go Bags for Your Entire Family to get you through leaving your house in a hurry during emergencies or even just periods without electricity
  • Social Distancing: How To Keep Your Kids Safe During Illness and Pandemics
  • Stuck At Home Activities for Kids

PLUS: A BONUS BUNDLE!

HELPING KIDS TALK ABOUT FEELINGS DURING EMERGENCIES AND STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

Includes:

  • Guide with tips
  • Checklist
  • To Do List worksheet
  • Emotions activity worksheet

You’ll get immediate access to a digital download that includes all of the information. We recommend PRINTING the information so that you have it for emergencies (when internet or electricity may be out). 

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