There are some of you out there that just finished a week or 2 of e-learning either as a parent or an educator. Congratulations, you did it! You students/children are probably finally reaching “spring break”. I know it’s not the “spring break” that may have been planned but it’s a break away from the e-learning. Enjoy it!
Some of you are about to start this e-learning thing either as a parent or an educator or maybe even both like me. I wish you luck. It’s hard. It’s exhausting! It’s juggling a couple full time jobs all at once. My tip to the teachers…don’t expect the kids to be “learning” every minute. Don’t feel like you have to share with them everything you would if they were physically at school, I’m here to tell you, it’s too much. My tip to the parents…EVERY child is in the same boat, EVERY child is missing out on precious school time. The most important thing to remember is your family and their health are MOST important and that includes mental health!
For the special needs parents…I feel the extra fear you have because I have it too. You fear every day your child goes without school is another day where you may see regression. You also can’t help but think how hard it is to regain those skills. You are thinking about how hard your child had to work to make the gains they made so far this school this year and now there’s nothing. You are probably also asking how their goals and minutes will be met during this thing called e-learning. I’m scared for my daughter as I’m sure you are too. Again, we are all in this together. It won’t be easy but I think as special needs parents we will have to accept goals may not be met, minutes may look different but when this is all over, everyone will work that much harder to get all children back to where they need to be.
I think what I am trying to get across here is remember the most important thing right now is family. Nothing is more important than that. Stay healthy, stay happy and we are all in this together!