We Won’t Homeschool

COVID. ‘Nuff said – right?

Our rec centre closed.

Our libraries closed.

The trampoline place I promised my kids over and over I’d take them for spring break closed.

Everything Closed

Including the schools.

“Are you going to homeschool us?” Rugrat #2 asked.

My sweetest of darlings… if I had to set a curriculum and try to keep you all focused on classes we’d all lose our minds.

Nope. Not happening.

Homeschooling Begins

Serious props to all the parents out there eager to get set with homeschooling, or who do it on a regular basis.

In my house, for me, it isn’t happening.

At least not exactly. Rugrat #1 loves to escape from reality. If he gets overwhelmed he hides away in video games, and honestly – who doesn’t like to do that sometimes?

Ken and I have both been known to hide away in role-playing games.

And that’s how it came to me: COVID.

No, no. Not that one.

I’m seeing so many posts about keeping our kids calm, about making this memorable in a good way for them, about making the most of this time.

Yes, we are talking to them about reality. Yes, we are sharing some of the news with them.

That doesn’t mean we can’t put a positive swing on things to make it all easier, right?

The College of Very Interesting Disciplines Opens

The kids are going to fantasy school.

“I want to find treasure. And fight things. With a frying pan!” exclaimed Rugrat #3

We made up characters today, and then they helped create the list of subjects.

Field Trips

Over and over Rugrat #2 and Rugrat #3 suggested field trips.

Social distancing makes that difficult… or does it? Hello modules! How happy am I to see you!

Home Economics Transmogrification Classes

I’ve got a few sewing projects I’ve been meaning to work on with the kids, so now is the time to do that. One is the much promised Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs, but we also need somewhere to keep those dice!

Science Potions Classes

We have this fun Science in a Bag book with some great experiments we are going to call potions. 

Mathematics

We’ll cover this with Lego math, and also with using dice in the field trips. When the kids made up their characters today, they had to add up the values of the different dice to come up with their stats. 

 

I’m going to post updates of the classes, of the stuff we cover, and of how it all goes.

None of us are alone in this, even if we are physically alone. We are fortunate enough to have so many resources at our finger tips, and loads of service providers are stepping up to the plate.

Hang in There

This is going to take time.

Find what works for you.

And feel free to send your kids to your own college. We’ll be here sharing ideas!