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Stressed out about your homeschooling? If you are doing anything at all, you're doing it right

Kathy Donaghy


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Home schooling: Caroline Finnerty with her children, twins Bea and Tom (8), Charlie (3) and Lila (10). Photo: Frank McGrath

Home schooling: Caroline Finnerty with her children, twins Bea and Tom (8), Charlie (3) and Lila (10). Photo: Frank McGrath

Home schooling: Caroline Finnerty with her children, twins Bea and Tom (8), Charlie (3) and Lila (10). Photo: Frank McGrath

Like most parents I had grand plans not to let the kids' education slide in this period of being at home. Arts and crafts, spelling, online tutorials - we would be creative with keeping their brains sharp. There would be no daytime TV. The day would start with a good breakfast, then we'd sit at the table and focus on the work at hand for the morning while also managing to get some fresh air and exercise. Easy.

The reality is a lot different. And two weeks into this homeschooling project I am not afraid to say I am more winging it than acting it. No two days are the same and a lot of the time our plans become weather dependent. If the weather is fine, I try and get out for a walk with my two sons Dallan (11) and Oirghiall (8) and then try to set aside some time for school work.

Before the schools closed, their teachers assigned some work, so we try to stay up to date with that. I've taken heart from the experts who say that arts and crafts are part and parcel of the curriculum and we're including some creative time in our 'school' day.