Home School

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.

This Wednesday on GC and my site Weekly Prompts, the midweek challenge was Tipping Point.  This is my third response to the challenge. Also linked to RDP’s prompt Overtime

Rainbow school

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.

Mum teaching

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.



24 thoughts on “Home School

  1. That is such a sweet response but hope you are not lonely. I miss my grandchild but we go for a virtual play where she ‘takes’ me on the trampoline with her. Not 3 yet! But I get giddy. Here,we are very busy outside before the heat comes with its vengeance. Take care.

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    1. Hello, Georgina,
      It’s lovely that Scarlett thought I would be lonely because they weren’t allowed to visit.
      Thankfully, although most of my days are spent alone due to the lockdown, I’m not lonely.
      I have eleven grandchildren and five children, they all live within a ten minute drive of here. We have chats outside when they drop off bits of shopping, and when the weather permits I sit in the garden with my family next door (2m distance). Fortunately, I don’t mind being alone.
      Thank you so much for your comments, Georgina, they are appreciated. 🙂

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      1. I think children are being very brave and understanding. Some adults find it difficult to grasp what needs to be done. Keep well and glad you get visits even though it is at a distance. You soon might be able to have a bubble rather than a measuring stick.

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  2. Flowering crosses! Flowers with cross-shaped stems! What a beautiful card! Scarlett has a kind, wonderful heart! 🙂 (Her name is beautiful and makes me think of a fav book character of mine! 🙂 )

    Parents will appreciate their children’s teachers more and more with each passing day! 😉

    Having been teachers, you and I know the dedication, hard work, love, time, patience, ETC., it takes! But what a rewarding and joyful life…to teach children…our own or someone else’s children!!!!!!!! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤ 🙂

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  3. When businesses were shutting down, we were very concerned, though understanding and people voicing are returning, albeit slowly, to normal. However, when schools were shutting down, over the period of a week, we realized something very positive. Opportunity. Life today is not as it was centuries ago. The amount of learning materials is staggering, and parents can select with their children/teens. Families can download the standards, as I did as a teacher, then select lessons, projects, outings, and more to address, but in all meaningful ways. Speeches can be done to grammatical excellence, but also addressing multitude standards in commercials, plays, essays, sharing stories, and more. Writing (essays, plays, and stories) can be learned by downloading/buying, plays, essays, and stories, starting with easier ones for the younger, and raising the skill levels with age and experience/understanding. Reading can be improved by selecting quality reading materials, including the classics, and having discussions, at home, about the material (Read Tom Sawyer, Socrates, The Three Muskateers, Blue Dolphin, and more, including Charlotte’s Web. Some together. ), but also appropriate materials they like also. I read the backs of cereal boxes, comics, and the children’s encyclopedia, and though I got D’s and C’s in grade school, I always tested several grades higher. Why? Because I wasn’t interested in the school work, but like reading. At home, the world is at your fingertips. In science, get a good text, but also bring in children’s science books for interest, going higher with time, doing some experiments at home that don’t burn the house down. With history, look also for books written decades to centuries ago, and with more current books, discuss the learning. Why? So the children/teens can learn to differentiate between propaganda and real. My goal was always to get them thinking for themselves, but this also required me to be well-educated and able to reason. I didn’t care if they disagreed with my views, but if they challenged, they had to be willing to hear opposing view points that came with supporting reasons. This I encourage in them. And if they can, and we differ, that’s okay. For that’s what education is all about.
    You have texts (Can also get older texts), supporting texts and materials, online materials, blogs by teachers, online teachers, online schooling, and so much more. Stuff I had little access while growing up. My own interests, with my friends, provided additional fodder. The outdoors, children’s encyclopedias, sports, our own imaginations, provided so much.
    Oh, and art, art, art, and music.

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  4. Thank you for your comprehensive reply.

    In the UK during lockdown Our teachers are continuing to set work for the students to complete at home, the parents are not expected to provide their home learning.

    The high school children in my family continue with most of the curriculum where ever possible, and contact is maintained with their teachers.

    The parents of the younger ones in the family often struggle to keep these little ones focused.

    My son has filmed himself at home teaching some of his lessons and uploaded for his students to access.

    One of my daughters has done home delivery to some of her students who are unable to access work online.

    I provided IT material for another of my daughters to use for the students at her school.

    I take my hat off to parents, especially those who are working from home while continuing to teach/supervise their children.

    Unfortunately, we all know that there are too many vulnerable children, the ones whose parents care little about education, these are the children we should be concerned about.

    Thank you again for your input.


    1. What an awful disease it is. The U.K. has now lost more people than any other in Europe, and although the virus is declining, the death toll continues to rise. Take care, Nemo and stay well. 🙂

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      1. The news of U.K is really disturbing. I do keep in touch with world news and news from U.K. and US currently is grim. India is seeing the rise in curve now and worse is we are already past 40 days of lockdown. You too take care Sue and hope world will soon see the end of this nightmare. 🙂

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