Since the start of all of this Covid_19 business there’s been a ton of joking about homeschooling and how everyone is going to get to see how homeschooling works while we are all in quarantine.
Admittedly, I’ve been posting memes and joking just as much as the next person. It’s funny and lighthearted and it helps to lighten the mood a bit in a pretty scary time. Plus for some of us, a good dark joke or self-deprecating humor just works as a fantastic means of dealing with the stress and madness of what’s currently going on.
I want to let you know though, this isolation schooling that’s going on right now is not indicative of what normal homeschooling is like.
There has always been a big question about homeschool children’s ability to socialize and if being homeschooled actually hinders a child’s social skills and personal development and I worry that this skewed trail period of schooling from home may fuel those concerns even more.
So, let’s put this all to rest right here… right now.
What people are doing right now is not “normal” for homeschool families. This is isolation homeschooling. Kids aren’t allowed to be out at parks or hiking trails or beaches. We can’t go to zoos or museums or aquariums. Play dates are canceled and our kids are being forced to remain in doors for the most part when many of them are used to spending hours upon hours outside in the fresh air. We are having to stay home and isolate ourselves to help prevent the spread of a virus and yes… it’s driving the normally homeschool kids just as crazy as the brick and mortar schoolers.
I can’t speak for all homeschool families but I know for mine, we tend to spend our days out of the house. Traveling to parks, play dates, and stores. We spend our afternoons at beaches and traveling around the city. We learn through getting out and experiencing the world and the things within it. Being stuck in the house and not being able to freely go to the beach or the park is driving us all a little batty. Even with the copious amounts of craft and art supplies we have had stocked up since Christmas, we are still at a loss for things to do to occupy our time wisely. And let’s face it, there are only so many hours you can spend playing video games before you get sick of sitting there.
Our kids are missing their friends and their play dates and being able to be out of the house. We are missing our normal routines and our favorite park with the amazingly fast slide.
Even learning for us has changed, just as it has for everyone else. Instead of being able to go for nature walks and scavenger hunts or being able to go to the library to find new books to read, we are having to find our resources online, order new materials, or find new apps that interest us.
So please, during this time of social distancing and isolation, please do not worry about this being the normal life of a homeschool family. This is not the norm for us homeschool families and we are finding the isolation just as hard as you.