So the pandemic has stretched on…and on…and on… and now back-to-school decisions need to be made. Is there any right choice to make? The answer is probably a resounding no.
In our household, like many others, we’re becoming reluctant homeschoolers. I’d planned, years ago, when I only had one little at home, to consider homeschooling, but as a work-at-home mom who now has an infant I can’t emphasize enough how much I really, really don’t want to. But what else can I do? Try as I might, I don’t feel good about sending my four-year old back to school. Honestly, I’ll bet any amount of money that she (and her peers) aren’t going to keep a mask on. With a new baby in the house, an asthmatic husband, and a dad who’s in a high-risk group, I just…can’t.
That being said, I know every family is wrestling with the decision and I want you to know: I get it and I respect whatever choice you make. I’m honestly still not sure about this myself. It’s going to be hell on me, hell on my husband, and Lord knows if any of us are up to the task.
Every family will weigh different factors…but listen. Kids are incredibly resilient, and so are moms. I’m sure it’s going to work out.
If you’re not feeling comfortable with sending your kids back to school, but you’re unsure how to start homeschooling, check out these five links:
A great resource with tips on how to homeschool pre-k, curriculum planners, and free worksheets.
A simple page with lots of details, links and important dates for NYC homeschoolers.
Letters of intent, with requirements for every state.
A well maintained and comprehensive site with details for every state.
A well-established community with details and posts on how to start homeschooling.