There is so much uncertainty in the world right now, especially in the school systems. Will there even be school? If so, how are they going to properly protect against the virus? What happens if there's an outbreak in a school? Will parents be notified if there are increasing numbers amongst students? More and more parents are making the decision to homeschool whilst thinking true homeschooling is what they have been doing since March. And folks, that couldn't be father from the truth! Y'all were doing school at home, not homeschooling. There's a HUGE difference there.
First, homeschooling isn't logging into zoom meetings with teachers daily, and it's not doing work sent home by the school district, then turning it in to the teacher for grading. With true homeschooling, YOU choose what your child learns, and when, and how. It is not homework at home, it's not hours and hours of the day spent in front of a computer screen, or hours spent doing school work in any fashion. Actually, if you're spending more than 3 hours a day you're probably doing something wrong, or doing way too much. Remember, individualized instruction doesn't take as long! Plus, in the schools, there are breaks for lunch, recess, time spent getting out books for 20+ students, time spent putting those books away, time spent moving to different classrooms, time spent waiting on those students are a bit slower to catch up, etc. And there's also a lot of busy work. We have homeschooled for 10 years, and the longest day we have ever had was 3.5 hours because my son thought it was cute to dilly dally on his multiplication tables one day.
I am going to keep this post short and sweet, and open the comments for specific questions. I am working on a MUCH more detailed post with the new, current laws in WV, links to the laws for Ohio and Kentucky, as well as HSLDA which is a huge resource for homeschooling families, and also links to my favorite curriculum choices. So PLEASE feel free to leave a question that you'd like addressed!