The school year is upon us, and it is a vastly different school year than anyone can recall. Some of us are homeschooling for the first time, others are juggling virtual learning with daycare and working from home. Still others are participating in “regular school” but with the knowledge that things can change from one day to the next depending on the situation of the virus. Each family has had to make difficult decisions, and we all have come to different conclusions based on the knowledge available, the measures our communities have taken and what was offered by our local schools.
Our family is homeschooling this year, but for us this is normal. Our oldest is 9 and we have chosen to homeschool him and his siblings from the beginning. My husband is in the military and the variability of his schedule, plus the ever-possible duty station changes or deployments, led us to gravitate toward a school situation which gave us the maximum amount of control over our schedule. For those of you who have found yourself homeschooling for the first time, I hope that these 10 tips can help get you on the right foot, or to find the right foot if you feel off of it already.
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My husband’s family is part of a movement in the Church called the Focolare. The Focolare is originally an Italian movement, founded by Bl. Chiara Lubich during World War II. Today, it has spread across the globe with more than 2 million members.
The primary aim of the movement is a more united world following the vision of Jesus’ final prayer in the Gospel of John: “that they may all be one” (John 17:21). One of the ways the movement seeks to bring this vision to life is through what is called the “Art of Loving.”
To learn more about the Art of Loving and the Cube of Love, head over to CatholicMom.com
I wrote this especially with traditional schooling families in mind as the transition to summer approaches. I am hoping it encourages both homeschooling and traditional schooling families alike to head into summer full of positivity and good ideas for fun and continued learning.
Normally at this time of year we are finishing up the school year and already sending each other memes about how we will survive the summer. Kids home all the time? What are we going to do when it gets too hot to even go outside? How am I going to keep everyone entertained and still keep the house clean? Will we survive so much togetherness??
However, this year is unlike any other year. Our kids have already been home for months. While the middle of March felt like we would never get a handle on the new reality, now that it’s May I feel like most of us have gotten a schedule down. It might not be perfect, but we’ve been at this long enough that some new routines and habits have formed in our homes.
Now the next challenge is upon us. Summer. What routines we’ve found around online schooling are going away. What will you do to fill the void that our incredible teachers have managed to still fill, even at a distance? I’d like to offer a few suggestions.
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