Ultimate Parents Guide for Emergency School Closing and School At Home

Ultimate Parents Guide for Emergency School Closing and School At Home

So, your stuck at home with kids and you find yourself with emergency school closing / closing all public schools (school isolation), private schools, and social distancing for large gatherings. How can parents deal with school at home/homeschooling mid-year amid school closings, emergency situations for school closures, and suddenly juggling working and homeschooling? We have the ultimate parent guide on emergency homeschooling and keeping your kids healthy, safe, AND BUSY during this time.

 

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BEFORE WE GET TO THE TIPS, I WANT TO SHARE A MESSAGE I RECEIVED FROM A PANICKED MOM:

I received a message earlier 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 fullblown 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?”
 
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.
 
The first thing that 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.
 
SO, WHAT WOULD I DO IF SUDDENLY THROWN INTO SCHOOLING FROM HOME?
 
  1. Sleep. A lot. All of you. Most of us are sleep deprived anyway. Throw in an emergency situation and whew! Our bodies are in overload. If your kids want to sleep in, let them. They’ll still be able to function in the world later in life. 🙂
  2. Take a break. Don’t spend these first days (or couple of weeks) trying to recreate school at home.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Stop listening to everyone else. (Yep, even me.) Instead, just step back a little and let your family find their groove. If they want to lie in bed for an hour when they first wake up reading or playing on their phone, let them. Schedules can be relaxed and flexible.
  7. BREATHE. 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. 🙂

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