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To a happy, healthy, sane homeschooling 2021!

2020 has been an interesting year, and I think most of us are happy to leave it behind.  2021…well…who knows, but if the first 6 days are anything to go by…it’s going to be a doozy!

That being said, I know many of you are prepping for a new homeschool year.  And that is my focus today. But first…

Reflections on 2020

From 2020 I found that homeschooling changed a lot!  That conversations were about what’s going on and how to deal and cope with it.  I found teaching certain life skills rather important – like coping with stress, and maintaining relationships with friends, even if you can’t meet up, and keeping active at home.

And, like I suspect most families who lived through 2020, mom, dad and the children felt the stress of it. We certainly did.  How did you cope with it?  How did you teach your children to?

On our side, screen time increased, my children became hermits who didn’t want to venture out of the house, and by November 2020, we had had enough of school and all needed a break. Burnout!

But 2020 also encouraged imagination and growth…

Early in the lockdown of 2020, we created a monopoly style game that incorporated fun silly stuff, and exercise.  Like 10 second planks , touch the clouds for 10 seconds, dance with a stuffed toy, find a round thing and howl at it, touch every door in the house, hug a piece of furniture.  One thing 2020 demanded was creativity and imagination, in school, home life and making a living.

Us, like I suspect many parents, had to reinvent themselves in terms of business.  My husband and my business took a serious dive in 2020, but some good came out of it too!  I started this website as there were so many parents trying to navigate schooling in lockdown.  And my husband created a storytelling for juniors course for 10-13 year olds called Daydreamers.

Yes, navigating the 2020 maze was quite something. 

So here we are at 2021

What this New Year will hold for us, we don’t know. I suspect it is going to be another difficult year for everyone, including our children.  So here’s what I’d like to share with you and take into 2021:

  1. Be nice to yourself, and others.  From 2020 I learnt that my priority is to take care of the well being of myself and my family, above all the things that need to be done and learnt.
  2. Be flexible in everything you do.  You just never know what’s waiting around the corner. So plan your school year, but be prepared to chop and change.
  3. Find a way for you and your family to cope with anxiety.  You’ll have to figure this one out.  For us it was meditation, family time, watching some light-hearted series, and lots of talking.  Even then, the stress sometimes creeps in, and then resort to point 1.
  4. Sun time!  If any of your children are reading the Wings of Fire series you’ll know what I’m talking about.  My daughter is a serious fan.  There’s a clan in the book called Rain Wings who, every day, at a particular time, sun themselves for a few hours every day.  I think as humans we could learn from this as well.  Sun time is important to health (mental and physical).
  5. Watch your children’s emotions.  Children are interesting little creatures.  They can’t always verbalise their feelings, but often times their anxiety comes out in their negative actions and reactions.  Be sensitive to these, and understand where they are coming from. And then resort to point 1 and 4.
  6. Most of all, make life fun!  Even if you don’t feel like it.

All the best for 2021, no matter what it may throw at you. May 2021 treat you and your family kindly, and even if it doesn’t, treat yourselves with care and love.

Lee

My name is Lee-Anne. I am a homeschool mom to 2 children, and together with my husband have been homeschooling for 7 years.

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