With many states closing their schools over concerns with the coronavirus, many parents are being tasked to do something most have never considered: homeschooling their kids, at least temporarily.
It's one thing to start teaching your own children after much forethought and pre-planning. It's another thing entirely to suddenly become responsible for their education without preparation.
I've been asked to write an article on homeschooling children on a temporary basis. The article should be upbeat and positive. Since I can think of no finer resource than my dear readers, I thought I'd start by soliciting your advice and suggestions.
I'm working on the assumption most children will have lesson plans and books provided by the schools, so parents don't have to create these from scratch. Also, let's work on the assumption the parents have no interest in homeschooling on a permanent basis, but instead are just trying to cope with a temporary situation.
"Kids" can range from ages 4 through 18, so let's brainstorm for all age groups. Remember, parents are being dropped into this in the middle of things, so many are floundering around, figuring out what to do.
Some things to think about:
• Suggested online resources
• How to keep parents (usually mothers) from feeling overwhelmed
• Suggestions for games that teach (for various age levels)
• Suggestions for getting kids to see parents as teachers; how to become a teacher at home
I'm open to other subjects as well.
So let's hear 'em, folks -- give me your ideas for how "sudden homeschoolers" should handle things.