If you’re like many virtual schooling parents, you hoped that bringing your child home for their education would free up your day. Suddenly, you envisioned, you would have time to complete errands when you wanted to complete them, without having to rush back to pick kids up from school. You could take trips with your child mid-week, when many places are less crowded. And hey—there’s a lot to be said for no more homework!
Then reality set in.
Reality is, many days, you’ll spend more time working on schoolwork than you would have when your child was still in a traditional brick and mortar classroom—especially if you have more than one child at home. You can’t put progress into the computer while your child is working on a subject, because you can’t grade it until they’re done with it. You can’t always predict the lessons that are going to require a lot of time versus the ones that don’t, either. Sometimes, what you think will be a relatively simple lesson will be the one that takes the longest, and the one that you think will take up an entire day will take just a few minutes.
In many ways, you have less time—and less freedom—than you did while your children were in a brick and mortar school.
Then the holidays appear, or a birthday rolls around, and you start wondering how you’re ever going to fit everything you want to do into your schedule.
Does carving pumpkins count as art time? Can Christmas carols count as music? What about shopping? That’s a good exercise in economics, right?
The good news is, you have some freedom in your day. You just have to find it! If you have multiple children enrolled in the Tennessee Virtual Academy, you may have to juggle around multiple class connect sessions and other activities—but it can be done. Look for the times when you have plenty of unscheduled time. Encourage your kids to get their work done a bit early, or take an early trip and get it done a bit late—and remember, there’s always supplemental time. There will be times when you need to take all of your supplemental time for the week in one big chunk—and that’s okay, too. Your kids may appreciate it even more than you do.