Your life has probably blown up, especially if you have school-aged kids. Some of your fears might include:
1) they are going to drive you nuts
2) their brains are going to rot
3) they're going to 'fall behind'
4) they'll forget how to read and/or work with numbers
5) they'll only eat junk food
6) they'll harass you until you give in and give them screens (for gaming/YouTube, not learning) just for a moment's peace
7) you're going to kill them
8) they're going to kill you
All-in-all, this makes you normal.
Before you resort to drinking, might I suggest a few ideas and thoughts to bridge yourself into this 'New World'?
First, take a breath. For real. My favourite app is Mindfulness, and my husband's is Calm. (These aren't affiliate links - just information to find things more easily). Listen to music, light a candle, read a prayer book, whatever your jam is - just take a breath.
Second, remember: Their brains aren't going to rot in 2 weeks - 5 ½ months. They will be just fine. Everybody else is in the same boat, and while they might not be learning in the same way as at school, rest assured that they are still learning. And you have significant influence over what and how - far more so than when they're in school, frankly.
Third, don't try to reproduce the classroom at home. It's a doomed enterprise. Take it from someone who's homeschooled for 10+ years - you need to find your 'style', and trying to sit your kids for 6+ hours at a table to do worksheets, etc., will blow up in your face.
Fourth, take a break. Don't feel like you have to immediately go into 'school mode'. Take some time to breathe (see above!) as a family. Remember, this is a HUGE thing happening to your children - this will change them forever, and it's going to define how they see the world moving forward. You're the adult: don't forget that.
Fifth, find the fun. What have you been 'meaning to do' with your kids? Read a book together? Puzzle? Play games? Bake? Play toys? Watch a movie? Tell them stories about their family? Hug and cuddle. NOW IS THE TIME. This is a gift - don't squander it with panic.
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Hello! My name is Donna, and I'm a home-educator (10+years) of two gifted boys (now grades 9/10 and 6/7). My PhD is in Education (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning), and I'm a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). I own two companies - Raconteur Spoken Arts Studio and The Eloquence Equation (website being revamped as we speak!). Check out my 'About' page for more dirt! ~cheers~ donna
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