Some families want to stick with homeschooling post-pandemic

It’s never a dull moment in the Zotta household.

“We do maintain somewhat of a structure. The goal is to get to the table at 9 a.m.,” said Liliya Zotta, a mom of six.

The Utica family has turned their dining room table — really, their whole home — into a classroom. While also doing some virtual learning with tutors, Zotta and her husband Tim have become the teachers and the principals.

“In a public school setting, there’s so much time not used for education,” said Tim Zotta. “You can get so much more done at home during the day and cut out all the extra flack.”

What You Need To Know

  • In March, the Census Bureau released a report showing the percentage of households that were homeschooling children doubled during the pandemic
  • One Utica family chooses to learn from home
  • On May 24, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said school should be in-person come the fall

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing the percentage of households that were homeschooling children had doubled during the pandemic.

“I think there’s no reason why every school shouldn’t be open in September,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference on May 24.

While Cuomo says he wants students back in the classroom in the fall, experts say many families enjoy the flexibility, stability and safety of learning from home.

Liliya Zotta says she and her kids like learning from home more because it allows for more individual attention.

“In that class of 25, 30 kids, they weren’t getting that one-on-one,” she said.

The kids still socialize, and play on gymnastic and soccer teams.

“There is a little bit of figuring things out, but that’s just life,” Liliya Zotta said with a laugh.

The family also gets more time together, which makes learning from home even more special.

“I understand that not every family can do it,” said Liliya Zotta. “I understand that not every family has that ability. We are blessed with that flexibility.”

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