Happy first day of school everyone! Some of you may have started last week or may have one more week left of summer vacation, but school has officially started for my middle-schooler and I am slowly losing my mind LOL. There's a huge part of me that wishes my daughter could experience her 1st year of middle school in person. There's nothing like entering a new structure, meeting new friends, joining clubs and decorating your first locker. I'm going to be completely honest, my daughter was more disappointed about the locker situation than anything else listed. But it still sucks and I hope things will be safe enough by next year for in-person activities.
Despite the disappointment of my daughter starting middle school in a virtual model, I am very grateful that her school is prepared. As a middle school educator I'm familiar with the difficulties of new virtual learning models. Schedules are important but you also have to balance screen time exposure and class structure effectiveness.
In less than one week my youngest child will start 1st grade virtually. His school virtual model is completely different from my daughters and will require a lot more hands on assistance from yours truly.
Sometimes I wonder how I will manage my full-time job as an educator while homeschooling my two children, attending a doctoral program, managing my business and just functioning period. But then I remember everything I've gone through and where I am today. Resilience and determination has always pulled me through.
How's your first week of virtual homeschooling? Any suggestions? Please comment below.