Like moms all over South Africa at the moment, we are faced with an unusual challenge because of the Covid_19 outbreak. One that might be scarier to deal with than Makro just after the first case of Coronavirus was announced in SA.
That’s right, I’m talking about homeschooling during lockdown.
If you are like me, you’re probably winging this lockdown parenting gig as best you can. It’s tough out there (not) on these streets, so I thought I’d put a few tips together to help moms who are also just doing the best they can.
Disclaimer: I am not a homeschool mom, but I know my way around figuring it out as I go along.
I appreciate that things are pretty wild out there, and the usual routine isn’t going to cut it at the moment. I have a schedule for Riley where he wakes up at 8am so that he has an hour to have breakfast, make his bed and get dressed. This lets him have a sleep in and I get my uninterrupted morning time.
I need that quiet start to my day and I can get up at 5 without having to ask for the 300th time for a kid to brush his teeth.
You can use this Prison Schedule to map out your day.
Separate Learning Spaces
This isn’t always easy, but I found that by having a workspace away from Riley’s room made him more productive. I’m not nagging him (yet), and trusting that he is doing what he says he is.
It’s important to remember that our kids are just a freaked out, so it’s okay to let the little things slide for a bit.
The Right Resource
There aren’t a lot of details that I could find through Riley’s school, but I know that other schools are sending lessons during lockdown. Vodacom has an online learning portal, which is taking a little strain this week, so we’ve found alternatives thanks to homeschool sites.
Khan Academy is US based education, but the Maths and Science classes are great.
Don’t throw away our Education Department either, there are great resources available online as well. Although not as digital friendly, they are current and in line with present curriculum.
Take Breaks Too!
Extramural activities might be on hold, but don’t let that stop you from encouraging your kids outside. At the very least, make sure they are stretching, being active and staying connected to their friends.
Now isn’t the time to crack the whip of law and order – a global crisis is a pretty unique situation to be in. It’s okay to let your kids stay up a little later, spend more time online than they used to or just have an off day.
Their mental wellbeing matters too.
Got your own tips that we could use? Leave your wisdom in the comments below!