Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether parents will send their kids back to school during COVID 19. Of course, some of this depends on the school district and what they have decided to do. And despite what school districts do, understandably, some parents will homeschool their kids. In my case, it looks like my husband and I will need to work, so our daughter will go to school in person. This decision still brings questions as to if it’s the right thing to do. So how do parents make the choice that works best for their family? What concerns do parents still have? If a parent dives into homeschooling, how do they even go about doing that? I took to Facebook to ask my fellow mom bloggers for information and their concerns.
According to one article, you will want to consider if your child is healthy enough. We don’t know the long-term effects of COVID-19, so consider the possibilities if your child is immuno-compromised. Another consideration is if your child can practice social distancing. When you have a young rambunctious child like we do, it may be a difficult thing for them to follow through with.
Also, consider if your child can wear a mask all day. Either way, it can be helpful to have your child practice wearing a mask to different places, so they will become accustomed to it later on. When considering masks, be sure it’s breathable and one that your child can wear comfortably throughout the day.
Most of all, consider the opinion of your child as well. How do they feel about going back to school? Would they rather homeschool?
If you have a young child and you do decide to send them back to school, here’s a great guide on questions to consider to make an informed decision on the right preschool during this pandemic: How to Choose a Preschool.
If you decided to send your kids back to school in the traditional sense, there are things that you can do to help them prepare for it.
This was already mentioned, but this should help get your kids accustomed to wearing a mask.
Your child may be more willing to wear a mask if they had a choice in which one to wear. For example, my daughter loves Frozen, so she may be more apt to wear one if she gets to pick one out with this theme. Here are some cute ideas for your kids:
According to Military with Kids, kids may better understand why teachers ask them to wash their hands so much and wear masks if they understand the science behind germs. She has some fun games that you can do to help them learn more about germs.
Your child’s diet will play a big role in how well your child’s body functions and works including the immune system. This is probably a given, but be careful about too much sugar, artificial dyes, and junk. Also, sometimes no matter how hard we try, our kids may not get all the nutrients and minerals that they need (aka you might have a picky eater!), so consider using supplements and other vitamins.
If you have decided to homeschool your child, but you are unsure of where to start, these ideas should help. If you have no idea where to even start, this article should help: How to Start Homeschooling
She discusses the options you have in terms of how you can homeschool. For example, you can be your own independent school or work with an umbrella school. You can also go with an accredited online learning program (if you don’t want to be the one teaching). She also offers some advice on resources for where to find a homeschooling curriculum.
You can also find additional information at this post: A Quick Guide to Homeschooling
She included a website on homeschool laws by state, as well as a great list of Facebook groups for homeschooling kids. She also has other good information such as how to figure out your child’s learning preference, as well as how to figure out your homeschooling style (how you would approach homeschooling).
For some curriculum/resource ideas, check out this website: Resources for Homeschooling.
It’s a lot for any parent to think about it when it comes to figuring out what to do in terms of school during this pandemic. If you send them back, are they are going to be safe? If you homeschool, are they missing anything important in terms of social development? What’s the best choice? Go with what feels right, but make the best decision you can with all the information you can gain. And even if it doesn’t work out, you may be able to change that decision later on. You got this mama.
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