Few weeks into teaching my kids at home because schools are closed due to the pandemic. And I see many people are concerned about students falling behind because of the schools being closed. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education or
…they might learn an easier “old school way” to solve a simple math problem… 🤷♀️
But seriously, what if…
instead of falling “behind”, this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out.
What if they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing, through art, dance and music.
What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard, a bike ride and sitting near a window in the quiet.
What if they notice the birds, the mornjng dew, the flowers blooming, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, to organize their space, to decorate, to build, to do their laundry, and keep a well run home?
What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less?
What if they learn to plan out shopping trips and eats most meals at home.
What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
What if they focus on their health, enjoy exercise and appreciate each breathe.
What if they are the ones to place great value on our previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
What if among these children, great leaders emerge who had the benefit of a slower pace, surrounded by those that love them the most, loving a simpler daily life while also having the benefits and advances of technology at their fingertips?
What if they truly learn what really matters in this life?
What if they actually end up AHEAD?
I actually realized that my child doesn’t get enough one on one time within the education process to help him fully understand the lessons. The school has been relying on computers too much to assist in teaching that they are missing some key things. For example, my daughter is in kindergarten and they type in their answers so much that the teacher must have not noticed the HUGE pattern of my daughter writing her 5’s backwards. My son knows answers but times out of his tests because he isn’t a fluent typer – maybe that’s why his grades are sufferring but he comprhends all when we review it at home? I may have realized these things along with other things had this mandatory virtual schooling process not happened.
The entire process has not only given me more time with my kids it has given me the confidence to consider homeschooling as a viable option in the future because I know now that I can do it and that it may actually be better for my kids!