We are all in the same boat at the moment. The kids aren’t at school and we don’t know when they will be going back. It is a daunting concept for any parent. Are you calling it homeschooling, lock down learning or crisis learning?
I am no teacher. I’m not even going to pretend that I know what I am doing because to be completely honest I have no idea. The most experience I have with being a ‘teacher’ is from when I did my work experience at the age of 15. Then there is the fact that there is a global pandemic, which I don’t know if it is just me but it doesn’t make me want to sit down and organise 6 hour lesson plans for 5 days a week.We are lucky though. My nan works in a school so she is always on stand by to ask questions to about work that Elsa might be doing at school. Also it gives us all a look in to homeschooling. We might not of ever tried this otherwise and I wonder how many families will continue to do this when this is all over and the schools reopen.
But what do we call this time? Are we homeschooling, lock down learning or crisis learning? Are we actually teaching our children or are we just doing things that potentially the teachers will have to sort out and reteach the children when they go back?I don’t know if what I am doing is right and I am letting Elsa led me with it. She knows what she has already done and I will just support what ever she wants to do. Elsa loves the routine of a school day but I am not going to mirror that at home because we are not at school. We are at home at a difficult and confusing time. Not to mention that I don’t have a printer at home so I am handwriting all of her worksheets which is umm…great.It was only a few weeks before all this started that we had Elsa’s parents evening and I am so glad that we did. We got an insight into Elsa’s school work. We were told that she was doing so well and it is heartbreaking that all of this could mean that she falls behind. I don’t want her to. Realistically we have never had anything like this happen before. It is a first and it is something that schools will take about in years to come. It is a moment in world history. There are going to be years and years of students that are behind. There are going to be GSCE and A Level students who don’t have the grade that they worked so hard to get. It will forever be part of their school life.I am trying my best at home and I don’t just mean ‘teaching’ Elsa. I’m just trying my best and that is enough. So it doesn’t matter if you are homeschooling, lockdown learning, crisis learning or just spending time as a family. We are all doing our best and that is ok.Here are some resources if you need a bit of help at home:
- Free Customisable Kids Schedule from The Less-Refined Mind
- Home School & Self-Isolation Ideas for Kids from A Suffolk Dad
- 60+ Play Ideas For When You’re Stuck At Home from Arthurwears
- Kids Colour Hunt – Free Printable from Tales of a Natural Spoonie
- Ideas For Setting Up Your House For Homeschooling from Emma Reed
- The Best Homeschool Online Resources – Emma Reed
- Kids 7+, 8+, 11+, SATS and Pretests worksheets to enhance school learning at home from Motherhood Diaries
- 5 Mistakes to Avoid when ‘Home Schooling’ during the Pandemic from Mummy2twindividuals
- Useful Online Resources For Home Schooling from Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs