Quarantine: the whole world turns to homeschooling


One aspect of the coronavirus crisis and the ensuing quarantine is that being a work-at-home, homeschooling family is now totally mainstream. In fact, those who have been doing this already feel like they are one step ahead.

Of course, the current situation poses some additional challenges. I don’t know how things currently stand in every country, but around here, pretty much everything is closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies, and other essential services, and the guidelines make it clear that people should socialize as little as possible with anyone outside their immediate family. So it’s definitely not a time for getting together with friends. It might be hard for some children, but on the other hand, it’s also an opportunity to strengthen sibling ties.

Nevertheless, being locked up at home can make people stir-crazy in no time, and young children (and their parents) might soon find themselves climbing the walls. 

We, personally, have the huge advantage of a yard where my children can go out whenever the weather is nice and play safely. Gardening is also a great way to keep busy. Plenty of weeding to do at this time of the year! Those who are confined to an apartment no doubt have it much harder.

Regardless, I would advise anyone to get out (safely) as much as possible. Take a day trip out of town and walk in the fields, climb a hill, hike down a river – whatever you have in the area and whatever the weather permits. We live on the outskirts of a small town so we have several nice hiking directions around here where we can get on foot and are unlikely to meet anyone.

This is a good time to organize all those arts and crafts supplies you might have forgotten you even had. I organized the book/toy/craft shelves today and I can tell you I found some hidden treasures such as new packs of glitter pens, crayons, stickers, and more. Art paper and coloring books had been unearthed too. Everything is a lot more inviting now that it’s neat and orderly.

When everyone is at home a lot more than they had been used to, it can be easy to slide into letting the kids have a lot more screen time than is healthy for them. I totally understand this and there’s nothing wrong with a good movie or some games, but I have really noticed that excess of screen time brings all sorts of issues such as crabbiness, difficulty to concentrate on other things, lack of motivation for anything but passive entertainment, and sleeping troubles.

Sleep is another matter I would encourage everyone to keep under the bounds of healthy discipline. Personally I can tell you that nothing exhausts me like having everyone stay up late. So, while my older girls have reached the age when it’s difficult to actually get them to fall asleep if they don’t feel like it, I normally tell them to get into pajamas and into bed with a book.

Finally, it’s important to count our blessings. Most of us aren’t in any real physical danger. We have electricity and running water, full refrigerators and pantries, and many ways to keep busy and connect with others. Think of people have gone through wars or live in extreme conditions and have been snowed in for many months – it really does help to remember that comparatively, we really have it good.

So just keep your days simple. Spend time with your family. Hug them a lot. Get out when you can. Pull out a board game. And remember, you are not alone. ♥


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

7 thoughts on “Quarantine: the whole world turns to homeschooling”

  1. Only one of our great-grandchildren is actually in school, and she is able to keep up using one-line classes. Her younger brother has become very interested in what she is doing, and is getting a head start on his own schooling. “So that’s what you’ve been doing. Move over and let me try.” It’s wonderful to watch an intellect unfold!

    I’ve been going through boxes of “stuff”. My mother died in 2011, and I still haven’t plowed through all of the things she left behind. It’s been a learning experience for me. Well, more of a warning, I guess. “Don’t let this happen to you.”

    With so little traffic, I’ve been able to get out and walk in the area. There are not sidewalks here and when cars are whizzing by, it’s unnerving. The nearest park is three miles in each direction, and somehow driving six miles to walk three just doesn’t make sense.

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    1. I guess we should consider ourselves lucky to be able to get out and about. People tell me that in Italy, there is very strict enforcement and potential jail sentence for those who dare to get out of the house “unnecessarily”.


  2. Just heard tonight that the great solution for this virus is taking a drug that actually Hubby took in name called CIPRO…and his health is destroyed…yea it took 10 years, but he has been in decline ever since he took it…gradual…and from reading online, he is much better off than many. There is even an ongoing class action suit…people do be careful and do your own research…I would hope Israel is smarter…but anyways…to the buyer beware!!

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    1. There is currently a lot of unreliable info circulating online. I do hope people wait for official announcements from their government and stay safe.


      1. Better do your research even if you hear from a govt source!! Anyone can be duped…like Mr. Trump has on that Cipro type drug!!

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      2. Yes definitely. Even if the government comes out with a statement, better wait for a bit to see if it isn’t refuted a short while later.


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