I know the main conversation topic this year has been COVID-19 and so far I have been swerving away from that topic because of several reasons.
- It is controversial- Everyone has a strong opinion and wants it to be heard.
- It is the most talked about subject right now and I occasionally want to hear about something else.
- There is so much information and misinformation circulating that it is hard to differentiate fact from fiction.
School is one topic that includes COVID-19 talk because it involves small children sharing their germs together. School children have always been good at sharing their germs but this year the germs have morphed into a more serious problem.
This March we suddenly became homeschoolers and it was an interesting experience. Lucian wavered between liking school at home and not. He liked being able to finish most of his work by lunch time which left his afternoons free and clear. He did not like having to do the work to begin with because he wanted home to be home and school to be school. I still worked half the week which left Trenton in charge of 2-3 days of school depending on the week. He discovered he does not have the patience to be a teacher and according to Lucian, “Mommy didn’t give Daddy good enough directions which made him frustrated.”
I liked homeschooling but I only made up half the week. This year our school age children are 3 and 6 which is a completely hands on age group. Also this year I have been getting more requests to teach in school in various capacities so I may not even be able to devote half the week to homeschooling.
This year my sisters and our families got together to discuss our plans for the upcoming school year. We each prepared a list of pros and cons to discuss before we each made our own decisions. Here’s an abbreviated list:
Pros for attending school:
- Teacher led instruction may be more effective.
- Separation of siblings/grade levels will be less distracting.
- Available resources for interventions (math, reading, speech, etc…)
- Socializing with peers and other adults.
- Parental sanity. (We love our children but a little space is nice.)
Cons for attending school:
- Health concerns due to higher risk of exposure.
- Safety concerns with identifying parents in masks.
- Developing anxiety from constant reminders to: put mask on, wash hands, social distance, etc…..
These items are just a few on our collective lists. Our discussion went back and forth for and against. Good points, bad, and a whole lot of I don’t really knows. There are no right or wrong answers this year and both the school systems and families are going to have to be flexible.
Out of our three families we ended up with one for school, one for remote learning, and one still undecided.