To say I was shocked when I read the announcement that Michigan was closing all schools until April 6 is an understatement. To me, it was a wake up call that COVID-19 is not something to be taken lightly. If scientists and doctors are recommending that we take this drastic of a measure to prevent the virus from spreading and overwhelming our medical system, I’m respecting that. But, man, my heart sank and my stomach dropped, when I saw that school closing announcement. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY KIDS FOR 3 WEEKS AT HOME? (*I realize I’m lucky my kids are old enough to stay home alone and I work from home. My heart goes out to everyone scrambling for childcare and wondering how they will feed their kids.)
For us, our spring break begins the day school can commence so really, my kids are missing 4 weeks of school. I immediately told them this would not be an extended vacation and we would be homeschooling. The one problem? I’m not a teacher and never have I had a desire to homeschool. I have seen several suggestions on social media on how to navigate this crazy time. I’m rounding up my favorites here, as well some things I plan to do with my children for the next month. I have no idea how this will go down, just trying establish some type of routine.