It is a strange strange time. Life in the UK and the world has changed dramatically and for a period of time. Coronavirus has broken through and disrupted all of our lives and for the next few weeks and months, people are facing many challenges as we hopefully getting on top of what’s happening. It is not going to be easy. In fact, it’s going to be very hard for many people.
One of the things that has happened is that schools in the UK have now closed to almost all parents. It was expected, although came a bit sooner than some had thought.
For us, personally, already homeschooling one child, to be sliding into have two children at home and being responsible at some level for their education, isn’t so much of a shock. My daughter is in full-time secondary school, so she will now be home for as long as schools are closed.
It does seem overwhelming. We are used to school, and school working with and for our kids. This closure whilst not unexpected is a shock for many and I have seen many people worried about how they will manage.
This isn’t a post telling you how to cope. I can’t tell you that. I can’t tell you how to do things. You need to find your own rhythm and what works for you, and your children.
What I will say is remember these things:
We are not teachers. Home is not school. What happens in school is not home. We cannot replicate that.
Our children can and will adapt to change. They will be fine.
There will be things you can do with your kids to keep up with school work and things that can and will slide. That is OK.
What works for one family won’t work for you and vice versa.
Education comes in many forms, it’s not all about sitting at a desk learning what adverbs and homophones are. There are things you can do that will help your kids learn, without making it all about being a schoolroom.
Don’t put pressure on yourselves.
The schools are not expecting us to send our kids back having done everthing they would have done.
Breathe. It will be ok. We will all adjust. Support each other. Ask for help.
We have a group for parents who suddenly have found themselves at home with their kids.
Please do feel free to join.
We can do this.