Friday 1st May
“Homeschooling a recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons.” ― Raymond S. Moore.
The old message coughs and sneezes spread diseases, catch your germs in a handkerchief doesn’t appear to have been passed on to today’s children, who are also known to be main spreaders of disease, and where the coronavirus is concerned, children are often likely to be asymptomatic (carriers without symptoms). Therefore closing schools to the majority of children was unavoidable, not for their safety but for the rest of us.
Teachers received only a couple of days notice that schools would close and that they would be expected to provide online learning for their students. Not only that, but the children of key workers such as NHS staff and carers would still be allowed to go to school.
Some schools anticipated this, and were equipped and prepared, others were not quite so ready. However, teachers are planners, organisers and doers and can provide lessons at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, they were not expected to follow the full curriculum.
For some parents, homeschooling was a daunting prospect, but for others, it was a challenge to be met head-on.
Initially, homeschooling was a novelty, but for many, it wore off quickly. Older children were used to working independently and most could be trusted to get on with the task that was set.
Unfortunately, for parents of younger children, it wasn’t quite as simple, and they often found themselves working Overtime as they struggled to keep their offspring focused.
Come September when these children are back in school, teachers everywhere will be in no doubt as to which parents went the extra mile and which ones reached the Tipping Point and couldn’t hack it.
One of the simpler online tasks for my five-year-old granddaughter Scarlett was to think about someone who might be lonely during the lockdown, make a card and send it to that person. Scarlett chose me.
The garden is very pretty, but does anyone else think it resembles a graveyard?
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Wednesday Challenge Tipping Point from Weekly Prompts and Overtime from the Ragtag Community.