From Houston Public Media:
With Texas public schools closed until May 4 and lessons going online, thousands of parents in Greater Houston are suddenly trying something new: homeschooling. It’s a huge change in routine when many parents are also working from home. To keep kids engaged, Houston Public Media asked for advice from moms who are homeschool veterans. They’re among more than 150,000 families across the state who choose to teach their children at home, according to the Texas Homeschool Coalition. Below are five essential tips.
Don’t get bogged down by a rigid schedule: Ashley Fuori decided to homeschool her daughter Lily two years ago when she started junior high. She says the flexible schedule lets Lily train 15 hours a week at the Houston Ballet Academy near downtown, far from their home in Katy. But now, with the pandemic, her other two children who attend public school are also learning at home. “When we started, we were like, ‘OK, at eight o’clock, we’re going to do this, at nine o’clock, we’re going to do this.’ It will absolutely make you insane,” Fuori said. Other parents gave similar advice, suggesting to find a rhythm and flow and let that guide your day instead of a rigid schedule.