Whether you either deciding to start homeschooling, or now having to school your kids at home (public school at home), or do video/virtual school (the last two aren't actually homeschooling by definition), I would like to offer help to make things flow a bit easier. It is never an easy transition, especially if one is thrust into it with no choice.
My credentials: I was homeschooled and we have been homeschooling as a family for over 20 years. We have many kids from early elementary to graduated & holding down a good job. I have one 14 year old who has been done with her Trig since before Christmas...so I am sure that she could troubleshoot a few math problems too.
I am welcoming specific questions on lifestyle, scheduling, physical movement, disabilities, boredom, activities, curriculum, and whatever else might come up.
I do realize that there are other experienced homeschoolers here & I certainly welcome them to chime in. We can all help.
I am considering making this a "group" to not fill up these main forum topics, but need to ask those in charge of TGN if this is acceptable. It also depends on interest if this idea would be viable.
In the meantime, I would like this to be a safe place to ask questions about anything homeschooling/schooling at home. Help is only a post away. 😉
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was prepared for panic, I was prepared for groceries to fly off the shelves (mostly). But the shelter-at-home order came as a surprise to me. I guess I don't watch enough of the news to know it was coming. But here it is! That really shocked me. Gas stations and grocery stores are open, medical stuff... but does this mean I can't go for a walk? Visit the park? I guess so...
My husband works in the auto industry and his job is considered essential, so he still goes to work today. The kids and I are going to be home doing schoolwork and then doing some intensive gardening to feel more normal!
Decades ago when I was in the US military I happened to get stationed down in the flatlands of Texas, cattle country.
At the same time, my husband was sent to the same base a few weeks later so we actually for a few months we got to live with each other at the same time. For married couples in the military, that in itself is often a luxury.
While there, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over to visit (from Florida) with a guest, a fresh air child from New York City.
For this 9 year old boy, the first time out of the big city, the open air and big spaces with absolutely nothing in sight was a totally unusual sight. As we drove from the airport to our "home", all of a sudden this child "kind of screamed" and then said "so that's how they do it!"
When asked what he was talking about he just said, pointing "look...look out there." All the rest of us are looking and looking and all we saw were a few heads of cattle in the field.
All of us pretty much looked at him and asked what was he talking about. His answer, see those kind are chocolate milk, the while ones with black spots must be the white milk but I don't ever remember seeing any pink cows in my book at home!
We were nice explaining to him that's not quite the way it works when he goes to the grocery store and gets milk to take home.
Sure when I heard we were going to be off mandatory ( a non-essential is me) for two weeks I was kind of bummed out. After all, I like going to my daily job even if I am retired.
But now that 3 weeks has gone by and three more weeks is coming (until the end of April) I am feeling so terribly happy about this enforced vacation.
After all, all of my Spring set-up for my garden is done. All my Spring crops are in and actually growing ( it's still pretty cold here every night so yes, they always need frost protection.)
Then I've actually built two new raised beds, filled them and am waiting for it to turn a little warmer so my strawberries can go in. That alone is a great reason to be thankful since I've never had the time before.
I bought a new greenhouse and set it up outside just so I could see if I could raise my own seedlings since I always have to drive about three hours to get good organic seedlings. Well, no driving this year since they aren't open anyway. And I'm happy to say my new plants are actually doing very well in my greenhouse.
And since I got all that plus the hundreds of other small jobs done or caught up that are always waiting for me around the house and yard, I started this morning building an addition onto my garage so I can get that huge lawn tractor out of the garage, thus out of the way all the time.
And I just happened to think last night, next this will be a great time to get three of the rooms painted in the house.
All in all, this enforced vacation has been a lifesaver for me!
So yes, this virus has its downside, but it also has its silver-lining as well.
So today, the #1 item on my gratitude list is just the simple thought that I have been given the opportunity to get so many things either crossed off or added to and also cross those off my "to-do" list.