As I watch a handful of posts circulate with a gazillian different websites for kids to utilize while at home, I feel for the all of the moms that are going to go PLUM CRAZY when they find the downfall in sending their child from website to website for schooling or to entertain while at home.
Homeschooling is way more than that.
“Can I be honest with you for a minute?”
Homeschooling goes way beyond sitting in front of computer and going to math website, and then going to a reading website, and then hopping over and doing the virtual museum site….. You are going to get tired and burnt out and your kids are just going to be further stimulated and mentally-numbed by too many hours of screen time. Straight-up!
If I can put on my MOM-ISMS hat for a moment (a code of inner laws that I govern myself and my specific kids with), and tell you that too much screen time is not good for kids.
Heck, even your child’s doctor will tell you that.
Studies will tell you that.
Those of us that struggle with our kids when their eyes are NOT glued to a device will even tell you that.
Yet, the only option that is seemingly being offered during this time, minus a few, are… more screen-time.
So, what’s a girl to do? What’s a mom to do? I hear you, “These kids are NOT going to be driving me crazy!” Let me tell you something girlfriend. Let us stand by the kitchen sink before this all starts and let me personally tell you, if you get them set up to NEED a device, they WILL drive you crazy and they will drive each other crazy.
I have a plan.
We’re going to do a BALANCE. (Remember that word for me, please).
At the heart of homeschooling is balance of all things. And that’s what you’re about to be, there at your house with your kids & possibly with the husband as well.
First, know this:
Your kids DO have things that they will need to accomplish on the computer.
Now that you’re making the transition from them being at school to them being at home, know that it does not take 7 hours for them to learn their school work.
Where they’d normally be occupied at school for that length of time, (depending on their age), they’re walking in the hallways, going to the bathrooms, putting up their bookbags, going to their lockers, lining up to go to gym, going to specials, eating lunch, getting ready to head to the car rider line or getting in the line for the bus on their bus route.
What I am trying to say is…….
If you scrap all of the filler time, they’re probably doing 1.5-2 and at most 2.5 hours of instructional learning time/schoolwork, and that’s it!
So, once your child is done on the computer: done with the reading assignment, done filling out the online math sheet or whatever it is, I DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE DRIVEN PLUM CRAZY.
In that other space of time, they should have:
EATEN THEIR BREAKFAST
GOTTEN DRESSED FOR THE DAY
EATEN THEIR AFTERNOON MEAL
CLEANED UP AFTER MEALS
HAD DOWN or CREATIVE TIME WITHOUT A DEVICE
ORGANIZED THEIR PERSONAL AREAS
HAD SOME TIME OUTDOORS
SPENT TIME PREPARING FOR THE NEXT DAY
Please be prepared for only 2 max. 2.5 hours of instructional time, unless they have a special project, and realize, there’s lots and lots of other time, spent at “school” that’s not actually schooling, that you may be wondering,
“Well, what would you be doing at school right now?”
Know that homeschooling in general is more about all around living and not just filling up with head knowledge.
That’s the big difference.
Shared in love,