If you are a mother of school-aged children, this post is for you. While the main principle applies to a lot more than the new school year, we will be specifically discussing that situation.
We all vividly remember how the last school year ended, even if we are trying to block it out for the summer. Whether your district closed down completely or successfully went online, whether changes came early or late, things were different across the board. Many families ended up schooling and working and living together 24/7, without the normal breaks in routine and location.
Now, we are looking to start all over again. There is a wide variety in the plans of school districts and businesses, but this fall may include similarities to the spring. If you are planning to continue schooling at home — in whatever form — how are you preparing for that?
We will continue in future posts to discuss some specific tips: boundaries, preparation, and perspective. But before we go there, let’s stop and think.
What worked last time? We try different things as we adjust. Some things work well, and some don’t. Sometimes success is accidental, but take advantage of it anyway. If the research is already done, don’t waste it. Take note.
- Did you have sufficient internet service? Did you up your service to a level that did work?
- Did everyone have a place to work that had enough space and quiet?
- Was the revised daily routine smooth and productive for everyone?
- Were you able to revise meal plans and make them work?
- Did you find ways to continue important relationships outside the home without spending time together in person?
We all have things in common, but we have just as much unique in our lives. Know what worked for you. If it was helpful to you before, plan on using it again this fall.
What didn’t work? There were probably some pain points that never got solved. What was aggravating for you? What was frustrating to your students? Take a minute to identify these points. That’s the first step in solving the problem.
- Did your schedule have enough quiet time and active time?
- Is everyone comfortable with the required technology?
- Do you have enough devices to cover work and school?
- Are you aware of assistance you may need and where to access it?
Now we can address those things and — hopefully — eliminate them.