Posted 30 April 2020
Let's face it, for those who are not on the front lines, homeschooling is one of the most complicated things to manage during this long lockdown ... whether for parents or students.
In addition to obvious material inequalities (not everyone has access to the same computers, internet connection, software or other equipment, or even the opportunity to study in a quiet room), you quickly realize as a parent that teaching is a profession, and as a student going to class was not so bad after all.
It's not easy to manage work, home and children, or to juggle between school, family and private life….
Parents or students, don't hesitate to seek help elsewhere! Sites like SchoolMouv are there to support you on all subjects, at all levels.
In terms of resources, also know that UNESCO has provided free access to the World Digital Library on the Internet, and that Fnac has made a selection of 500 free books to download. Not only will you most likely find material there to use for lessons, but you can also be curious and discover new things!
Very good content is also available on YouTube, on multiple subjects and with different approaches: in science (ex: DrNozman, DirtyBiology, E thinkr), in history (ex: Nota Bene, This is an other story), in English (ex: lea-english), in philosophy (ex: Cyrus North), or even all at once (ex: The cheat sheet)! Of course, not everything is part of the sacred school curriculum, but it is always good to accumulate a variety of knowledge. Who knows, you might even discover a new interest in a subject you thought you didn't like.
This school year is complicated for all of us, parents and students alike. We might as well do our best to stay calm and focused: the little ones need to acquire a solid foundation, and for the older ones, we know that you may be worried about the future, but we will not stay confined forever so stay focused on your goals!
Either way, don't let these painful weeks put you off! We will be out soon;)