Ohio has been in quarantine lockdown since April 1.
Many parents are working from home and school are closed so life looks a little different.
But many families are in crisis, wondering how they will pay their bills. Those stimulus checks won’t last long.
The families forced into quarantine when the schools closed are not homeschooling.
It’s crisis schooling. It wasn’t a decision. It was forced. Most are miserable, confused, scared.
My parents live in Georgia and they were only on lockdown for a couple weeks and it’s worrisome.
Stores and services are reopening, but not schools. Maybe next fall. And it’s probably too soon. Many families are planning to keep their kids home and accept the offer for online options from the public schools. They may find that successful, preferable, or they may realize there are other ways to learn.
I know our friend down the street loved completing his lessons super fast online and having free time.
Being a homeschool family doesn’t mean this isn’t hard.
Being introverted doesn’t mean this isn’t hard.
Even though our lifestyles don’t look that much different at this time, it’s still stressful.
We’re used to having the freedom to do what we want, when we want. We used to go where we want, not relying on traditional school schedules. We like to avoid crowds.
Libraries are closed and we miss it.
Local parks and playgrounds are closed and we miss it.
Sports and extra activities are canceled and we miss it.
We missed Easter. We had just started attending a new church.
My college daughter’s classes all went online. It’s hard because the professors aren’t used to that so they simplified the assignments and made grades easier. She misses her friends and freedom. We worry about fall semester and are noticing some small colleges are closing forever. She works part time at a bank and only their drive-thru is open. She realizes she is fortunate to be an essential employee.
The lovely spring weather beckons and we play in the yard and driveway. We explore our backyard woods and creek. My son rides his bike or scooter. The girls rollerblade and skate.
We’ve quietly celebrated four birthdays – mine and three of the kids. Homemade cake, favorite breakfasts and dinners, presents and movies. We don’t do big parties, so this is just our normal.
We’re finishing up our books and regular curriculum and we are getting bored.
There’s nothing to look forward to.
If it were winter, we probably wouldn’t do much different. Since we’re finishing up our formal lessons for the year and heading towards summer, we have to find creative ways to occupy our time. We used to do formal school year-round, but the kids like to have a month or so of a break these last few years. It’s becoming very hard with everything canceling through summer now.
I’ve never liked the word “homeschooling” because how we learn and live looks so little like school.
We just live life, learn what’s interesting, focus on fun activities and skills. We can do and learn the things we’ve only talked about and never found the time.
Academics are not as important as relationship.
We’re disappointed with all the neighborhood kids playing together like they’re on holiday. We wonder what their family’s narrative is for why school and work are canceled, stores are closed, people wearing masks. Do they think this is a hoax? Those public and private school kids and parents are exposing all those families while we the homeschoolers are following the rules and social distancing from everyone who doesn’t live in our house. It’s very frustrating.
My kids haven’t been out since March. I see lots of children in stores with their parents and while I realize child care is often an issue, I worry they’re being exposed or exposing others to illness.
Homeschooling during Quarantine
- Learning new recipes
- Playing games – online, board and card, video. We have a Wii and Switch.
- Watching movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu.
- Arts and crafts
- Deep cleaning each room
- Painting or refinishing furniture
- Organizing and minimizing – although we can’t donate anything right now.
- Getting outside as much as possible while keeping social distance from other families and individuals
- Nature study
- Yard work
- Online classes
- Bible study
- Literature unit
- Foreign language study
- Read, READ, read
Is there a lesson in quarantine? What is the lesson in all this?
Also, we’re bingeing apocalyptic media. Because that’s our style of humor and memes are therapy.
Jerralea Miller says
Seems like you’re keeping busy! I like how you pointed out homeschooling is a lifestyle and you are constantly learning. I really feel we should always be learning, no matter our age.
I’ve never had any trouble keeping busy. So much to get into!
Joanne Viola says
This crisis has been a trying time for everyone because no matter our lifestyle, it has caused change to our lives. May we all use this pause in activities to ask the question: What am I to learn during this time? May we emerge back into our communities differently from when we began this time of staying-at-home.
We have been doing our schoolwork then spending a lot of time outdoors, hiking, bicycling.