I’ve always treasured the joys of teaching each one of my sons whenever I could. While I’ve never officially “homeschooled” any of them, I tried to enrich them during breaks since they were very small and keep them busy and entertained. However, I never imagined teaching them under the circumstances of late.
I first anticipated spring break, but it was supposed to be a week away. After I finished this class in my own program. In time for me to prepare. For just seven days; but, then, it was hurriedly extended. And earlier. And —
Well, things change. I’ve perused the social media posts of my former parents, family and friends, and I see a new wave of frustration setting in – for the parents who don’t know where to begin. My challenge is a bit different. I feel confident that I know what to do, but it’s a bit more overwhelming when you have one toddler (pre-K), 1st grader (elementary), 7th grader (middle school), and 9th grader (high school) – especially when the unanimous cry of old is, “but I’m so bored.” With that in mind, I begin planning ahead – this would be the Brown Camp 7.0.
I am saddened that so many of us are thrown into the throes of dismay and wondering how to cope, particularly with the challenge of not shorting our children academically as we begin immediately home schooling in a variety of ways. Nevertheless, I am welcoming the opportunity. I saw a remark earlier that said, “Parents, please stop complaining about how much you hate to be at home with your children.” They considered the potential damage it could cause. I think they are right.
I don’t hate being home with my children. I love them – and love teaching them – and learning with them. When they show me in their own special way that my instruction is lacking, I seek to adjust so that I can be more effective. Even in this chaos, there are still spectacular ways in which we can grow and stretch our children within the context of our own homes. I intend to explore them as much as I can – because I’ve always been their first educator.
So let the learning begin.
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