Over the last few weeks, everywhere we turn, we are are hearing this question. There are no easy answers. In this post, we’ll share with you the same answers and guidance we have been giving to our Literacy Untangled families.
First and foremost, there are no ‘correct’ answers; there are only decisions to be made concerning what will work best for your individual family. Below we’ll guide you through the same questions we ask our families when they come to us asking for help in making this decision.
- Do you have any COVID concerns? What are they?
Across the country each county is handling “Back to School” in a different manner. Each family with school age children also has different needs: academic, social/emotional, and health. Given your current county plan, and knowing your child, are you comfortable with the plan and sending your child to school?
- What are your family’s current priorities? What are your must-haves and need?
This is best answered by asking yourself a series of questions (such as but not limited to):
Is there anyone in the household with significant health issues?
Can I or my significant other work from home?
If not, is there reliable childcare available or can my child stay home alone?
Do we need outside help with academics (tutor, homeschool groups, online courses, etc.)?
- How do I choose between in-person, online, or homeschool?
Create a list of what is most important to you and your child for the upcoming year.
Do they require outside services like OT or Speech and Language?
Are they in K-2 and need to learn how to read?
Will we need outside support to make an option work (tutor, homeschool teacher, etc.)?
Once you have your list, evaluate which option and decide which one will work best for you and your child.
- What are the drawbacks?
Accept from the outset, there are no perfect options and each one has its own pitfalls. When making your decision, use the measure: what is best for you and your child for this school year. Also, keep in mind, this decision in not set in stone; what works best now may not still be the best option for you and your family further down the road.
- It’s okay to to seek help!
There are no easy answers for this school year. When you had your child, many of you never thought you might be considering homeschooling in the future. It is ok to reach out to other and ask for help! Sometimes, just to make sense of it all, you need to bounce ideas off of someone else. There are many options available: homeschool groups, umbrella schools, professional teachers/tutors, etc. The resources are out there – use them!
Literacy Untangled is happy to help you walk through this process. We are offering a variety of services to help support our families through this school year. Please feel free to reach out and set up a free consultation to go over your questions and concerns. We are here to help!