It’s certainly no secret that school looks different for many of us this year. (In fact pretty much everything looks different!) In a recent podcast episode with our managing editor, Carrie, she and I walked through some of our best homeschool systems and tips, to offer encouragement to any other homeschool families or virtual schooling families, especially if it’s the first time that you are attempting it.
I got a lot of follow up questions on this, so today I’m coming to you with a shorter one-woman show on what we’re doing this year for school, our extracurricular activities, and how we’ve created a micro-community for these needs as well as social support. If we are removing the element of kids actually going to school, or attending in a vastly different way, we’ve lost a lot of our central supports. Micro-communities are a way to bring that back and find a new groove that will create and preserve connected, healthy relationships.
Let’s jump in!
Episode Highlights on Micro-communities
- How our family is responding to the loss of our activities and groups
- Ways to boost social connection and community (even in a pandemic)
- The importance of play, movement, and unstructured time for kids
- One part of homeschooling we avoid as much as possible
- How we’ve modified our house to bring the gym to us
- Strategies for learning math, music, languages, and more (without Zoom!)
- Ideas for starting your own pod school or micro-community
- And more!
Resources We Mention
More From Wellness Mama
- 363: Mental Health, Micro-Communities, and 80/20 Personalized Wellness With Colleen of mindbodygreen
- 361: Homeschooling and Raising Entrepreneurs With Nathan Barry
- 341: Q&A With Katie: Motivation, Magnesium, Homeschooling & Parenting Teens
- 141: How to Accept Yourself, Foster Community & Be Unlimited with Dr. Mark Atkinson
- 5 Reasons to Have a Mom’s Night Out
- What Moms Really Need Today (And Every Day)
- 6 Favorite Practical Homeschool Resources (My Kids Love)
- How to Set up a Homeschool Classroom
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