Now I have to homeschool due to COVID-19? But how do I do that?
In these uncertain times, many of us are keeping watch on what has been happening with COVID-19 not only in our local communities and our own country, but we are also watching countries who have already been dealing with this. As far as those of us the in U.S. are concerned, we are wondering if the schools will re-open this year. If we look to the other side of the globe and make an educated guess, many of us are thinking it's not going to happen. So what's next?
What makes this even more complicated is that parents are now either out of work completely or working from home, with kids in tow, with little to no direction. I have seen online posts from parents whose districts, usually private schools, transitioned to online learning for their students very quickly. But I have seen much more from parents who are saying that their schools are just throwing a bunch of links at them and expecting them to figure it out. From this longtime homeschooler, I am so sorry!
I can't even begin to outline how to jump in and make it all work. To do that right now would be irresponsible of me. Instead, what I can tell you is that it's not going to happen overnight. You and your family have just had your whole routine turned upside down and are trying to adjust to your new reality. Let's spend some time acknowledging this first!
One of the ways in which I can help is that I am available for any concerns or questions regarding your transition from school to home. I have been a homeschooling parent of four for 18 years. I have also been on the board of representatives of my local homeschool support organization, where I consulted with parents regarding their transition from school to home or vice versa. I even consulted with parents who, after a lot of discussions, concluded that homeschooling wasn't the right decision for them. (That is very valid, btw! Don't let anyone else shame you into thinking otherwise.) I will also be compiling all of my blog posts regarding homeschooling that I have posted since 2009 onto one site, organized so you can easily find what you need.
Another way I am here to help is that I am a certified coach and I do offer impactful coaching that can help you figure out how to navigate your new reality. My availability is limited, but I am constantly working to add time slots to my schedule. If time isn't available for you, please check back!
Finally, I wanted to throw out a call for anyone who would like to do an interview with me on the topics of parenting and homeschooling for me to publish for others to read. If you are a teacher, experienced homeschooler, or even a teen who has some great experience to share about how you have created a new kind of social life, please contact me and set up a wiseHer call.
Take care of each other. We are all in this together.
wiseHer expert Robin Belliveau
Originally published at robinbelliveau.com on 25 March 2020.