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Working From Home & Schooling From Home

Sep 28, 2020 02:31PM ● By Shelly Gaddis, The Hood Magazine

By:  Shelly Gaddis, The Hood Magazine 


Working from home can be a challenging adjustment for many parents. Schooling from home can be a challenging adjustment for many parents. However, doing both at the same time can prove to be an incredibly difficult task...even for the best multi-taskers! Thousands of families across our region have decided to take this route for the 2020-2021 school year and we asked families to show us some photos of the workspaces that they have created for their students and for themselves.  

Everything from kitchen tables to under-stairway hideouts are becoming classrooms and office spaces for this school year! It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and this school year is offering many opportunities for families to invent new ways to participate in work, school and life together. Here are a few tips that have been working well for our family...we’d love to hear yours as well! Chime in over on our social media channels to let us know what is working for you! 

  1. Communication Center: As we have multiple children in a wide range of grades, we have made it a point to over-communicate the needs of each person in the house. We have a physical calendar for activities, another one for meals and chores each day and yet another for the layout of our school day. This helps everyone easily see what they can do to help so Mom doesn’t lose her patience as often! 

  1. School Cart: We found an inexpensive metal cart on wheels with three bins and we have turned that into our school cart for our elementary age children. One bin has all of the crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc in jars and bins so they are easy to grab when needed. The other two bins hold the daily workbooks, dry erase sheets, iPad and cord and activity books. Having everything easily organized allows the children to take ownership of their items and know where to find them so I don’t have to stop what I’m doing to search for things.  

  1. Busy Bins: We turned a three drawer tote into a busy bin for the kids. This is filled with things such as word games, playing cards, coloring books and puzzles to keep the kids busy if I need them to be occupied while I help one of their siblings. Simple items such as a memory game or playing cards to play slapjack or solitaire can buy a parent 10-15 of distraction-free time for any age child.