Along the Way

Allison Davidson Carpenter

Homeschooling during a pandemic is not really homeschooling. I’ve heard that “crisis schooling” is a more accurate description.

In my case, I have two teen boys who attend two separate schools. One school is handling “crisis schooling” one way; the other school has different objectives.

So I have one teen who is on Zoom several times a day taking notes and writing MLA-formatted essays, while the other teen is often strolling through the house aimlessly while whistling. I’m not sure if he’s homeschooling or homedrooling. Bless it.

Then I have a fourth grade girl.

The only downfall, from my perspective, regarding her “crisis schooling” has been that the math worksheets involve new material every day, and no one is explaining it — well, except Mrs. Carpenter, the only staff member at the Carpenter Homeschool — uh, I mean Crisis School — Academy.

Of course, if I were actually homeschooling, I would use a curriculum formatted specifically for homeschooling. And this would be incredibly helpful for math especially, because even though I did explain mixed fractions and metric conversions to my little girl last week, I do wonder if my explanations were adequate. After all, I’m not a certified elementary math teacher.

And I really believe that the way a math concept is presented is the “make or break” for a kid. It’s incredibly important that concepts are explained clearly, with all of the “why’s” plainly and respectfully answered.

I think my overall negative memories of math were because, early in elementary school, certain concepts were presented to me in an intimidating way, without the thorough explanation of “why” we were working out a problem a certain way. Rarely did anyone bother to explain math from a practical standpoint.

So, since I was the one responsible for teaching my child new math concepts during this pandemic, I did what I could to make it relevant and understandable from the perspective of “why”. Thankfully she’s a bright little thing and caught on easily.

And when she asked me “why” on some of the metric conversion math problems, I said, “You know what, Juliana, let’s bake some cowboy cookies and I’ll show you how this math lesson can be lived out in real-life.”

Best crisis schooling day so far.

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