Breaking Down the Timeline
Ha! I am not a teacher, folks. I will never in a thousand years have the skills my son's much-loved first grade teacher has. So I use the term "homeschooling" very, very loosely. For us, it means making an effort to do activities that have some loose little bit of educational benefit during the extended spring break week, then incorporating SPS's at-home learning opportunities the following week. Those opportunities will be shared with parents, but you can look for updates on sps.org/healthupdate (where you can also read about resources like meal service for kids who need it, childcare for healthcare workers and emergency responders and other resources provided by the school district).
If nothing else, we'll have a routine, and we'll do lots of activities that hide learning inside some fun: baking, playing with our science and circuit kits, reading, writing stories, playing board games or cards, or exploring nature. I've been bookmarking tons of resources for educational-ish activities, and we'll share them in a blog coming up next week.
Nothing improves my kids' moods (and increases the chances that Eloise will nap well) than sunshine, fresh air and mud, so we'll be playing out in the yard every day. Doing active games or a little bit of yoga can work when the weather is too crummy to go outside. Plus Oliver loves to lead us in interesting workouts of his own creation. Don't forget dance parties! They'll do the trick too.
These are for togetherness, fresh air, moving our bodies, calming our minds and wearing out our dog so she will be chill while we try to get work done at home. These (along with meals at the table together every day) are non-negotiable parts of the schedule for me.