Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6
The 2020-2021 school year has been anything but easy to navigate. I don't know how parents, who are both working, have managed to keep their children afloat in these rough waters. I can't blame them for pushing school districts to open up their doors safely, and allow the kids to return to the classroom full time. If I were in their shoes, based on the science available, I'd be doing the same thing.
Fortunately for my daughter, Sarah, and her three girls, Virginia, Savannah and Alexandra, learning at home has been working for all of them. They actually have been attending school two days a week, with masks, of course, but on February 8th, they will finally, finally be able to go in person five days a week.
Here are some photos of what learning at home looks like:
The girls seem really happy, don't they? And yes, they ARE actually doing all their lessons and making progress. Savannah, who is in first grade, is reading like a whiz! Although I can't share the video here, Sarah sends us one so we can listen to Savannah reading aloud. Seems she loves books as much as her Gammie does!
Sarah, though, is a bit worried about how Alexandra will adjust to five days of actual school. She is in kindergarten, and has yet to experience the full-meal-deal of classroom instruction since the school year began. I assure Sarah that, with lots of encouragement, Alexandra will do just fine. Kids are so much more flexible than we set-in-our-ways adults.
And Virginia? Just what I'd expect from a fifth grader. She isn't looking forward to getting up at the crack of dawn for five days a week instead of two. I describe to her how early I had to rise for years when I was teaching, and suggest that she will adjust to her new routine before she knows it. I'm not sure, though, whether this is enough to convince her.
But I am convinced of one thing: Because of Sarah's and John's involvement with their education during these months, the girls have kept up with all their lessons. No ground lost here! And working on their own, they've also learned so much about self-discipline, a trait that will most definitely serve then will in the years to come.
Yes, I'd say my grands are off to a great start!