Alternative Options for K-12 Education in the Pandemic Era
What a strange time we are living in! Perhaps you are one of the many families grapping with homeschooling. You're exhausted! Overwhelmed! Cooped up! You have questions ... please allow me to address some of these here.
In a time of 'forced' homeschooling, many families face difficult choices. If you were forced into homeschooling last spring, you may have limped through (bravo you!) and managed, but now you face the reality of Fall 2020. You know that 3 months of online education for your child and juggling work-from-home and educating your kids ~ sort of ~ was okay, but enough is enough. Something has to change. Many families are considering forming micro-schools - or 'pods'.
What exactly is a micro-school? A micro-school is a sort of (tiny) one-room schoolhouse. Micro-schooling looks a bit different from family to family, but the main goal is to provide a small number of students whose schooling has been upended with a structured, safe, at-home learning experience facilitated by an educator the families trust, along with the parents' combined contributions, energy, and other resources. Micro-schools (or pods) connect families, educational consultants, and other professionals who build "pods" with each other and with the resources needed to share homeschooling duties and create a richer experience for their children. As the LAUSD and many other schools remain 100% online at least through Fall 2020, micro-schooling is an appealing option for families to get their kids off of screens and into safe small group learning environments that will stimulate their minds, bodies, and hearts for healthy growth.
Parents are doing their darndest!
Forming a micro-school requires careful organization and planning. If you'd like more information on how to form a micro-school, please contact me to schedule a free strategy session. I'm happy to host you (safe & socially distant!) in my backyard if you're local (Brentwood, West Lost Angeles) or on Zoom so we can strategize what might work best for your families this fall.