Homeschooling: Still the Norm for 2021
August 16, 2021
The US, and the world in general, has seen a surging number of cases of COVID-19 positive patients as the Delta variant is known to be more than twice as contagious as other variants. To top it off, children, 12 years old and below who are not yet allowed to get a vaccination against the virus, are becoming sick. This is an unfortunate development of the new variant compared to the previous ones that let the children run free from the virus. Nearly 94,000 children contracted COVID-19 virus in a single week, according to reports by the American Pediatrics Academy. At the start of the week, students began to see action by attending school face-to-face. This is to somehow bring normalcy back to students after spending a year of online schooling. However, across the nation, nearly 10,000 students have already been subjected to self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 virus. In response, schools have suspended classes. In Georgia county alone, 11 public schools have been closed until further notice. Due to the soaring high cases, we may still be seeing online schooling as the norm. It is understandable that parents are not keen on sending their kids back to the traditional school setting. Not until the pandemic is over, we suppose. Remote schooling has been the key to continuing their education. And as parents, we only want the best for our kids. And that is to provide a good environment for learning, while keeping them safe from the virus. Our homes will be that place for them. Parents and teachers are finding a workable balance to help the kids adjust to at-home learning. And the first thing that needs to be secured is to locate an area at home where the child can focus that is free of distractions, and comfortable enough to make him feel safe and secure. The living room, dining room and kitchen area are not ideal due to high traffic in these spaces. As most of the family members are now spending much time at home, these areas can be too distracting and overcrowded due to background noise from the activities done in these living spaces. Possibly off the list, too, is the bedroom. The presence of the bed is a welcome invitation to sleep and wander off from the tasks at hand. Professionals also do not recommend doing work or study in the same room where one sleeps as it disrupts the body system and develops poor sleeping habits and lower productivity. And that leaves us with the garage. It is the space in the house that sees no to little traffic, and separated from the living spaces where noises that can distract a child’s focus are made.