Homeschooling was never something I wanted to do, but I am homeschooling in lockdown despite the advice not to. Every time I log onto social media of any kind I find advice from heads and some teachers. They are advising parents everywhere not to homeschool their children during this lockdown. We are told that children’s mental health is the most important thing. They are scared and that all we need to do right now is to be their parents. For the most part, I agree.
If anyone follows me on social media you will know that mental health for me is a huge priority. I’ve been known to give my six-year-old mental health days off of school when I feel he needs them. But in this lockdown situation, I feel like I need the normalcy of school, and he definitely does.
I don’t know how to homeschool. I don’t know how to be a teacher. In the event that we are in right now, I’m not even sure I know how to parent. I’m taking it easy on discipline, but I’m upholding bedtime. We’re laughing more but staying in, I’m leaving my kids inside safely while I go to the shops. It’s a horrible time that we are living in. Who knows if any of us are doing it right?
So every day, regardless of being off I set my alarm, get up get dressed into proper clothes, jeans usually. Then we begin almost a full day of lessons for him. We start with P.E with Joe, go through English including reading and spellings, workbooks and times tables rockstars for maths. Some science experiments and writing up our findings, book reviews, history quizzes, VR geography walks and experiments about volcanoes. We do something creative every day, paper mache, painting, all sorts. We hear about routine and its importance for children on a day to day basis. Yet now, when we need it most we are told that normalcy no longer matters.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not for everyone. I know that the reason this advice is being given is to make it easier on parents who might feel pressure to replicate school. I am not a pushy parent, I don’t think, but my boy NEEDS to be busy. He needs to keep up with his schoolwork, it’s part of his self-care. I’m going against the advice of the teachers and I am homeschooling during this lockdown. We both need it.
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