We had such GREAT visions of how homeschooling was going to pan out when school closures were first announced. Things haven't always gone to plan though...
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For many parents it's a roller coaster ride that we never wanted to go on. It seemed like it might be fun to start with, then the reality kicked in and we realised we have neither the skills nor the time to educate our own children.
It's given us a whole new appreciation for teachers!
There have also been SOME amusing moments along the way, although they might not have seemed that hilarious at the time.
Here's a lighthearted look at the 16 things all homeschooling parents have done at LEAST once.
When you told your child they had to work it out for themselves, it wasn't at ALL because you didn't know the answer, was it?!
It's rare to get a sunny day at the moment, so when it is nice outside, it seems a shame for your kids to waste it in front of the laptop or tablet for another remote lesson – particularly when opportunities for fun are pretty limited right now.
The solution? A mysterious technical failure that lasts long enough for a bracing walk or just some running around the garden.
Just hope the kids don't grass you up in their next lesson.
PE with Joe Wicks is marvellous, isn't it?
Particularly when sitting down with a mug of tea and a biscuit, while the kids work up a sweat.
We can't be the only ones who've suddenly been overwhelmed and felt the need to have a surreptitious sob/few moments peace/silent scream in the loo?!
Having a little cry, or even a big cry if that's your preference, is a completely valid coping mechanism when you're juggling homeschool with work, or other kids, or pets, coronavirus anxiety and everything else in between.
Go on, let it all out!
At school the teachers have the help of their colleagues, other teachers and TAs.
At home it is absolutely fine to use your own support teachers, whether that's Peppa Pig, BBC Bitesize or YouTube Kids is completely up to you.
We all need a bit of help sometimes, right?
You didn't notice they still had their spellings book open until AFTER their online test, but you didn't 'fess up to the teacher when you submitted their perfect work.
Everyone needs a gold star sometimes.
Your child interrupts you for what feels like the 50th time – asking for a pencil sharpener or their 1000th snack of the day – and you bark at them in frustration or, worse, mutter an expletive as you stomp over to see what they need before you realise they're still on Zoom with their teacher.
Her expression suggests the mic is NOT on mute.
The only way to style it out is to fake a coughing fit and hope you can pretend you were simply clearing your throat, and not swearing in front of 30 kids.
The lessons seem to have been going on for weeks, if not months, but you check your watch and are shocked to see it is still only 11am. On a Monday. And you have the rest of the week ahead.
A few deep breaths and one of those tactical cries will see you through.
Their creativity, intelligence or sheer resilience will stop you in your tracks at LEAST once a day while homeschooling is happening.
There really is nothing more heartwarming than seeing them enjoy learning, so take a step back and savour the moment.
This homeschooling malarkey is TIRING. The early starts to try to get stuff done before lessons begin, coupled with the stress of organising what feels like a military operation ,will take it out of any parents.
As soon as work and lessons are done for the day, it's a legitimate life choice to have a little power snooze on the sofa while dinner is cooking.
Make sure you set an alarm or the family will be eating burnt pasta bake!
We KNOW this doesn't help in the long run, but sometimes it is easier to just write the answer for your child and let them copy you when they're mid-lesson, don't understand and you're juggling five other tasks at the same time.
The alternative is to get your head around the way they have been taught something, which won't be anything like it was when you were at school, and then help them understand it.
The constant notifications might be slightly irritating but the parents' WhatsApp group has been a lockdown lifeline.
Whether you're simply checking which worksheet your child is supposed to be working on or sharing concerns about the amount of screen time, the group chat can make you feel considerably less alone.
Try to resist the urge to brag about how much work your kid is doing though, nobody likes a show off.
Nobody's children behave as well at home as they do at school so it's tempting to call in the big guns when they're refusing to do any work.
Time to deploy a fake phone call to their strictest teacher – if you mention the possibility of extra lessons one-on-one over the summer holidays we GUARANTEE your child will suddenly became the world's most hard-working pupil.
Anyone else feel the need to be considerable posher than they are when the school calls to see how it's going?
It makes NO sense! The teachers already know you, after all.
We swear we didn't mean to sound like we should be on Made In Chelsea and rolled out our cringiest fake laugh, it just happened!
Yes, it's months away, but what else can we use as an incentive at the moment? Our lives aren't exactly jam-packed with fun activities we can threaten to cancel right now!
When you need a few minutes of peace, it's totally fine to announce an impromptu PE class in the garden, whatever the weather. Give them a circuit of 50 star jumps and 50 laps of the lawn to do.
You can watch them from the kitchen window while making yourself a much needed brew – and don't feel bad, you had to do cross country in the sleet when you were at school and it didn't do you any harm, did it?!
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CHAT: how's homeschooling going for you?