Our response, as parents, communities, leaders, and governments, to the COVID-19 crisis will forever shape our children and the generations to come.
We can react to the situation out of fear, or we can choose to react to the situation out of love, strength, and courage. Choosing love, doesn’t mean that concern about the crisis isn’t warranted. It doesn’t mean that the situation isn’t scary and uncertain. Choosing love doesn’t mean that it’s unreasonable to feel nervous or anxious about the unknown.
Rather, choosing to react out of love, strength, and courage means we can acknowledge our fears and respond with productive behavior. In the end, choosing to react out of love gifts our children and future generations with strength, resilience, and hope.
If there’s a silver lining to the Coronavirus crisis, it’s the explosion in the number of free or cheap homeschooling resources and classes online. There are so many exciting opportunities for children (and parents!) online right now thanks to the generosity of businesses and shut-in economy innovation.
Here are some of these free or cheap opportunities that will make your homeschooler’s experience easier, fun, and enriching, regardless of where you are stuck, shut-in, or confined in the world.
Free or Cheap Resources for Easy, Fun and Enriching Homeschooling
Fender Guitar Lessons. Get 3 months of free lessons with a limited time offer code (first 100,000 downloads). If you don’t already own a guitar, you can sometimes find used beginner guitars on eBay or Craigslist. You can find reasonable priced ones with decent reviews on Amazon, like this Fender beginner model or smaller 3/4 sized models. I recently purchased a Fender guitar for my 12 year old, and she loves it. Over the years, I have also purchased a few other guitars (lefty specific, acoustic and electric) on Amazon for my children and have had good luck with them, so if the reviews look decent, don’t hesitate to try an online instrument purchase.
Outschool.com. My homeschoolers LOVE Outschool, and they have taken many classes here. You can find music classes, including How-Tos, tutorial style classes, and music theory classes.
Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone has just announced 3 free months of Rosetta Stone Language Study for students. Seems like a great opportunity for students to learn a new language or improve in current foreign language studies.
Duolingo. Learn a language for free through Duolingo. Offers online or App based study.
British Sign Language. Free for under 18. Now charging a nominal amount due to demand and server overload.
MEGA COMPILATION OF FREE COLLEGE/IVY LEAGUE CLASSES:
450 Ivy League Free Courses. Computer programming, psychology, business, science, history classes for your older homeschoolers or you. Paid option to obtain a completion certificate.
If there’s a bit of advice I can offer after homeschooling, roadschooling, and worldschooling my kids over the years, it’s to let go of your homeschooling worries, especially during this uncertain, stressful, and scary time.
Your kids are going to be just fine academically. Use this opportunity to be present with them and to enjoy them. Cook with them, fold laundry together, teach them how to sew on buttons, make spaghetti sauce from scratch, plant seeds together, or plan a future outing or trip together. Simply spend time with your kids doing things you might not otherwise have time for. Add enriching activities on top of your time together to keep the days interesting and fun, but most importantly, keep yourself healthy and don’t stress about homeschooling.
Your kids will thank you. And so will your sanity.
If homeschooling has been forced on you because of the COVID-19 crisis and you’ve already shed enough tears to fill a bathtub, you’re not alone, Mama. Or Dad for that matter.
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart in the best of times. And, let’s be real, we aren’t exactly living anywhere close to the best of times right now. Living confined and sheltered in place in the middle of a pandemic with an uncertain future is scary, sad, and stressful.
On top of living a lockdown life, many of us are dealing with new work-from-home routines, job insecurity, unemployment, stressed out spouses and kids, relationship drama, piles of school assignments sent home from schools that are supposed to be completed and sent back, new routines, feeding kids who want to snack all day long, arguments with teenagers who want to game all day or see friends, doing laundry, and worries about getting sick or loved ones dying from the virus.
And then there’s H-O-M-E-S-C-H-O-O-L-I-N-G. Oh, my, freakin’ …. Grrrr …. The logistics. The big picture. The small details. And the reality that like it or not, you are now sort of, kind of, like your kid’s teacher, but you’re sort of, kind of, not because you’re Mama (or Dad) and your role is so much bigger than that.
Like you also have to deal with the fact that your house is down to the last two rolls of toilet paper–and an empty roll is still on the holder because no one bothered to replace it.