Homeschooling the Reality of it All Amid a Pandemic Free Resources for Parents

With streets and public places going quiet during the time when all the effort being made to minimise the transmission of the virus, life is definitely getting busier at home.

Whilst as a homeschooling family we have a busy social life (organizing regular playdates, inviting people over, and our children attend sporting and other extracurricular activities), I dare to say, we also live the reality of the coronavirus pandemic almost on a daily basis – being frugal, counting small blessings, enjoying the gift of all this time we get to spend with our children while they are still little, having to deal with tantrums and demands every single day. And trust me, it’s not that bad.

This time could not be more perfect to grow closer to each other as a family. Many families have a bucket list of things that would like to do with their children that never get fulfilled because of their busy daily schedule. Well, now is the time. Something as simple as playing board games with your children and reading them aloud your favorite adventure book will stay in their memory forever.

My most fond memories from when I was 9 years old when I fell ill with flu, my father spent days reading aloud Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is one of the memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. As children, we simply accept those selfless acts of kindness and compassion from our parents as given.

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Now, as an adult, what I have is this moment forever embedded in my mind and heart to the point when I remember the room layout as I was laying in bed listening to my dad read to me, feeling so peaceful and content, being able to experience a different historic reality so vividly through this book because I could share it with one of the most amazing and important people in my life, my father. And you know what the best part is, this one memory helped me to remember the way my father looked when I was 9 years old without having to look at any photographs from the past.

The reason I am sharing with you my personal experience in such detail is that I want to demonstrate just how powerful those childhood memories are and now is the perfect time to create them.

The best lesson you can possibly teach your child in such a time as this is how to >>> adapt <<<. The world is getting more and more unpredictable and with the rise of helicopter parenting, children have fewer and fewer chances to learn to adapt to difficult circumstances, be resilient, and make spontaneous risk assessments. We are all guilty of it to some extent as it is only natural for parents to worry. However, without being able to adapt effectively children can face huge mental health issues and problems in the future. But we can use difficult circumstances to model to them

  • how to utilize your available resources
  • how to be flexible
  • how to cook from scratch and be creative with what you have
  • how to save and live frugally
  • how to be considerate of others and check on those most vulnerable, teach them who are the most vulnerable and why
  • how not to panic and use critical thinking
  • how to practice the best hygiene
  • how to exercise self-control when tensions are high

The bottom line, if I were in the situation given my four years of homeschooling experience and ten years of teaching, I would say,

Motivate your children to complete the work your school has provided for them first thing in the morning once they nailed their morning routine.

Give them one task a day each to do to help around the house.

Let the rest of the learning happen naturally and through board games.

Prioritize your relationships with your family and especially with your children above anything else.

From my personal experience, it takes time for homeschoolers to establish their routine, sometimes it can take a couple of months to find your groove and start running the learning process smoothly. You don’t have this advantage. What you do probably have, is a situation with a child whose routine has been changed drastically and who needs to feel safe and reassured that this situation is only temporary. Practice some breathing exercises with your children and mindful activities daily. Here is my list of low-prep activities you may like to check out.

Please, keep those screens monitored like a hawk. We have a rule in our house, no screens are allowed in private unless children are watching minno kids and have no access to other apps, YouTube, or internet browsers. Unfortunately, this is our reality today. No one and nothing is safe on the internet.

In the section below I am going to outline some great free resources available at the moment online that you can access. I hope it will help this time run smoother for you and your family.

  • Montessori Tube Academy is offering all the curriculum manuals for free. Use Coupon Code: TOGETHER on checkout to download the 1000+ pages to support your children with step-by-step lesson presentations. The coupon is valid until further notice.
  • For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages from All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.
  • The Prepared Environment is offering their Toddler Art 101 online course for free until April 15th. You need to use coupon code CALM. You can also get 75% of their other courses with that code.
  • To help spark our senses of wonder in all this weirdness, Kelly of Wings, Worms and Wonder made more online classes free for the next month – on top of all the ones that are already free! The online art classes are geared toward 6+ – adults.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.