Coronavirus new normal: School is closed, Mom Academy is open, and what's a number bond?
Welcome to Mom Academy. Our instructors boast no formal training. Our facilities may or may not double as That Room in the Attic Where Dad Keeps His Old Stuff. We are certified by no professional body. But America, we’re the best you’ve got, now that a pandemic has shut down the country and moved the job of educating children from qualified teachers to a bunch of parents who, truly, don’t know what we’re doing.
On the last day of school, my twin son and daughter piled into the back of my car, their little school bags stuffed with lesson plans and their brains overflowing with questions. “What’s corona?” “Can you catch it from cupcakes?” “You’re our teacher?!” Even I laughed at our new normal. Buckle up kids, it’s true!
The laughter stopped fast the first morning of Mom Academy, when our daily schedule (thankfully provided by their teachers) stretched out in front of us. Reading, writing, Spanish, math. More schedules brought more subjects. Music, science, art, P.E., all with actual things to learn. If you haven’t spoken with an early educator recently, I’m here to tell you first-grade math has gotten wildly complicated. So has first-grade reading, which last week included a segment on opinion writing, in which I am happy and embarrassed to say I learned quite a lot. (Use lots of examples! Convince your readers!)
Along with the surprisingly full schedule has been the challenge of motivating two first graders to stay focused ...
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