The Semi-Together Pandemic Parent: Balancing Structure and Choice
Mar 16, 2020
So, amidst all of this uncertainty, a lot of us teacher-types (myself included) are a tiny bit excited to exercise our education muscles and create very awesome homeschool schedules, stations, materials and centers. And different kids and different families need different things. My own children chafe at too much structure – karma!
Perhaps they inherited this from me. You see, I grew up in the woods in a bit of a fringe-y community in rural Maine amongst hippies and homesteaders, so I have a strong, “Let the kids be feral and free” instinct that kicks in. Mostly. I mean, this is from our annual summer trip to the homeland.]
For you non-education types reading my blog for the first time (welcome!), you don’t have to go all color-coded here. Don’t let us scare you. But if a schedule works for your kids – OR YOU JUST HAVE YOUR OWN WORK TO DO – be sure to balance those schedules with a lot of choice.
See below for my own “plan.” This was CO-drafted with the 7-yr old and almost 10-yr old on Sunday morning – for investment and buy-in purposes. The fourth grader was insistent on “work through snack time.” Okay, FINE. Evening screen time was added by the first-grader if extra chores were completed. A star system was created. A Scotch tape and String mandatory evening activity was added.
The kiddos keep them on clipboards and run their own show. They like to be in charge; I support this.