Have you fallen into homeschooling, and find yourself feeling lost? As an accidental “part-time” homeschooler myself, I know how overwhelming it can all feel at first. But have courage — there is hope!
I homeschooled my 5-year old daughter once a week before we started the mandatory COVID-19 home quarantine here in France. And I’m not committed to doing any more now, even though we’re home together all the time.
There are so many things we can learn together that don’t happen within the walls of a traditional classroom.
And during stressful times like these, my kids can feel the palpable energy of everything. So, in our house, we’re focusing on emotional intelligence, creativity, sitting with boredom and disappointment, tuning into our nervous systems, having fun, playing hard, doing chores, doing nothing.
It’s so good for my babies. And so great for me. Because it takes the pressure OFF, and turns my presence ON.
If you’ve fallen into homeschooling, take a deep breath. It’s a new challenge — but it’s also a chance to be more mindful and present, allow imperfection, notice your needs, and find joy in unexpected hiding places.
This is what I sometimes call “self-care of the highest order.” Finding that sweet, scrumptious spot that exists when you do what’s best for yourself, and realize it’s also best for everyone you love. And if there’s one thing I want my small people to feel during this unusual, scary time, it’s how loved and safe they are.
I encourage you to be with your children right now, maybe in a different way than before. In an uncomplicated, curious way. In a way that encourages a little less doing, and a lot less entertaining.
Our children don’t actually need us providing all the stimulating educational everything. They need room to explore, create, and come up with their own ideas — balanced within a framework and flexible structure of learning.
To develop your own framework, I’ve compiled my “top 6” virtual learning tools for homeschooling mamas. I use a blend of these resources to create our own homeschool agendas — and use them as backup when I don’t plan in advance.
In addition to my top 6 tools below, I’m also sharing the personal homeschool planning templates I use to keep my head from spinning.
If you want to use my templates, too, you can get them right here: