• CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURES: GETTING STARTED AS A SECULAR HOMESCHOOLER

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    Has the coronavirus turned you into an accidental secular homeschooler? Well, we can help. As this outbreak hits more areas, more cities, counties, and states will be closing public schools in an attempt to halt the progress of COVID-19. While this is smart and will help stop the spread of germs, it also creates a problem for public school parents. What happens with my kidís education? You have just entered into the world of emergency homeschooling. Donít worry, as secular homeschooling experts, we are here to help you.

    Your kidís public school is closed. One week, two weeks, or longer will take its toll on their education and learning. Donít let that slide happen. You are quarantined inside so why not turn some of that time into learning? Unlimited gaming and television may sound like fun, but after a couple of days, your kids will be bored and driving you crazy. That is not a good situation for anyone.

    Anyone Can Homeschool

    Did you know that anyone can homeschool? You can! While a quarantine/school closure may not require you to follow your state laws, as your child is still considered a public schooler, it is not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with your state homeschool laws in case you decide to make this a permanent change. Donít worry if you have questions on what is required; we have secular homeschool members from all over and they would be happy to answer your homeschool questions in our forum.

    Your Public School is Offering Online Education

    Your public school has implemented an online education program. Fantastic. That makes it easy. Make sure you follow the parent guide and that your kids fulfill their daily requirements. They may even have video schooling with their teachers. Often teachers will be available via email or chat for any questions you may have pertaining to a subject or problem. Did you know you can supplement this education? You totally can. You can add in things such as free reading, spelling, writing, or just focus on something that your children are interested in. Hereís a list of free unit studies to explore. Even emailing their friends, grandparents and teacher can be counted as schooling. Reading, writing, spelling, and socialization.

    No Online Education Offered? No Problem!

    Check out the Secular Curriculum section of Secular Homeschool. We have fantastic lists of complete curriculum that is secular or if you are just looking for a specific subject, we have that too. Many of these have reviews, provided by our own members.

    Utilize this Time Together

    You can also utilize this time together to implement some life skills learning. Chances are, you need to sanitize your home to get rid of possible germs. Have the kids help. Teach them how to disinfect, clean baseboards, dusting, mopping. Kitchen skills are always helpful. You donít want to send them off to college with no idea on how to make a simple meal. Now is a perfect time. Teach them kitchen safety while you are at it. It is one of the most dangerous areas of the home and now is a good time to demonstrate why and what could happen. Discuss what to do in case of emergencies. What is a small issue, like a barely bleeding cut. What is warranting of calling 9-1-1, like a fire. What happens if you call 9-1-1. Practice their address and phone number to repeat to officers. In homeschooling, everything becomes a learning experience and life skills are extremely important.

    Still Not Sure on Education Choices?

    For secular parents new to homeschooling requirements, an all-in-one, online curriculum like Time4Learning.com is a good place to start. This online education is secular in nature, covers all grades and offers parent tools like grading and reporting. Time4Learning also offers no risk to start with a 14-day money-back guarantee. As an accidental homeschooling parent myself, Time4Learning was and still is my go-to choice for online curriculum. It changed my kids for the better, allowed them to learn at their pace and gave us the freedom to become a homeschooling family. Did we start out that way? No. While it wasnít like the current situation parents are finding themselves in, we did have bullying issues. We pulled my oldest son with the intent to homeschool for the rest of his 6th-grade year, get him caught up and he would go back to a different public school. Homeschooling ended up being extremely beneficial for him and we continued on through 12th grade. What I am saying is, you never know how life goes. This quarantine from public school may be the best thing ever. Or you may learn that you love your kids and while you enjoyed spending quality time with them, public school is the place for them. And there is nothing wrong with that.

    More questions on the next steps? I highly recommend two free eBooks from Time4Learning:

    1. Welcome to Homeschooling Guide is comprehensive and will give you the confidence you need to start.
    2. Mid-Year Transition Guide will walk you through the necessary steps to move your child from traditional school to homeschool during the school year.


    As always, I am here to help. If you have questions that are not answered here about dealing with homeschooling and coronavirus, feel free to email me; [email protected] and I will be happy to help you get started!


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