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    Online school, in-person kids lag

    Phaedra Simon, a single mom of three from Opelousas, LouisianaI’m not trained to teach them how to read. It’s totally different from how I learned. Simon worked hard to keep her children — ages 9, 8 and 7 — on track when they started the year virtually like everyone else in the St. Landry Parish school district. She even quit her job to give her youngest the attention he needed. As soon as the chance came to return to in-person learning, she seized it, even as she worries about their health. “I’m not trained to teach them how to read,” Simon said.  She’s continued working with them, reading at home together every night.…

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    Parents share realities of juggling work while homeschooling kids

    Dani Bassil, CEO, DigitasOnce my chair broke in the middle of a review. Like actually broke. I just disappeared and then reappeared after a screech. Also my dog threw up right next to me on a client presentation. Numerous times my daughter Kiki (1) has grabbed the cord on my headphones without me realizing and they just come off mid-sentence. But my favorite was when our three dogs were barking, Kiki was high-pitch wailing, the doorbell rang and I excused myself from a client call, thought I’d muted myself and loudly screamed: “Will you arseholes shut up!” (at the dogs), when I obviously hadn’t muted myself. I then found it…

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    Homeschooling help! 11 online resources to help kids during school closures

    February 17, 2021 – 12:05 GMT Nichola Murphy The best educational apps & websites parents can use to homeschool their kids amid the coronavirus pandemic, including one we imagine Prince William and Kate Middleton would love. The most part of the last year has seen parents taking on the role of teacher after the outbreak of the coronavirus caused school closures – and it’s not getting any easier to entertain kids at home! STOCK UP: 30 Homeschooling supplies every parent needs If you’re still unsure about how to best tackle homeschooling, then fear not because there is a huge selection of educational websites and apps focused on everything…

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    Newsweek: Atheists Hate Homeschooling Because Kids Spend Time with Their Parents | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist

    Newsweek will publish anything, apparently, no matter how poorly researched it is. Yesterday, it posted an article by Paul Glader, a professor at The King’s College in New York City, a Christian school that was led for years by convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza. The piece is intended to respond to concerns about the rise in homeschooling. Instead it comes off as a hit piece against liberals who have been critical of the practice for legitimate reasons. The headline doesn’t help: “How the Pandemic Forces Leftists and Atheists to Make Peace with Home-Schooling.” Here’s the gist of the issue: Because of the pandemic, students were forced to stay at home, where…

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    Let’s Talk About The Fact That Some Kids Are Thriving In Online School

    FG Trade/Getty So much of what makes headlines are the stories about fear, what’s wrong, and what needs to be better. Talking about virtual learning during a pandemic is no different. It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity of kids not being in the classroom and of naming all that they are missing out on. Online classrooms have also put a brighter light on disparities in access to technology, WiFi, food, and other resources students benefit from while being in a physical school. We can also look at all of the stories of parents and guardians struggling to work, support their learners, and keep it all together. The…

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    How to meet kids’ spiritual needs while homeschooling

    The COVID-19 pandemic has produced many first-time homeschool parents. This edited Q&A is the fourth in a series in which we pose questions about home education to several experts. In this installment, Kristyn Getty, John Kwasny, Cathy Duffy, and Mystie Winckler describe how best to help and encourage homeschoolers. (Click here for a short biography of each.) Kristyn, how can singing help grow kids’ faith?  Kristyn: In the way that we teach our kids to pray and read the Word, I think we should teach our kids to sing. Scripture time and again calls us to sing. So it’s an important part of raising our kids in the Lord. Many…

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    Kid’s Depressing Assignment About Online School Goes Viral: PHOTO

    Despite being so young, a 7-year-old student whose been going to virtual school for the past year wrote a poem about the pandemic we can all relate to. Everyone has struggled in some way since we started social distancing and most of our tasks moved online in March 2020. Though we’ve talked about the struggles of parents suddenly thrown into working from home and taking care of their children full-time… we haven’t talked a lot about how the kids are doing. But one 7-year-old wrote a poem this week about their experiences that all of us can identify with. A babysitter took a picture and posted it to Twitter, the…

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