Writer’s Workshop: Homeschooling, Week One


It’s Thursday so it’s time to link up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. How has your week been?

Here are the different prompts to choose from this week:

1. Attempt a craft or recipe you saw on Pinterest, how did it turn out?
2. Write about how you keep busy during a “quarantine.” Is your daily schedule affected much at all?
3. Show us a place you love to visit.
4. List 5 frivolous things you don’t want to live without.
5. Write a blog post inspired by the word: new

I figured I’d take this time to update you guys on how our “quarantine” is going because that’s all we’re talking about anyway.

This is week two of Hiding at Home for us and Week One in homeschooling with the kids. Our school is doing a trial run of their virtual learning plan starting today but the past few days we’ve been making up our own home learning plan.

In the mornings we have art class which meant doodling with authors Mo Willems and Jarrett J Krosoczka, both are local artists and authors from Massachusetts aka our old hometown and both are probably responsible for some of your kids favorite books. I’m grateful to them for taking this weird scary time and making something fun for kids and parents to look forward to. The kids draw along while I drink a cup of coffee and work on becoming human enough to home school.

Next the kids work on English which has so far involved them each working on a creative writing story. My ten year old is working on a short story about a girl who moves to a new school where students are disappearing when they go to the bathroom?? My thirteen year old is writing a story about a guy in space who has lost his memory and there appears to be an evil computer involved maybe?

For reading they are reading independently and writing me book reviews about the chapters or books they are finishing. They’ve been reading The Descendants Junior novelization, Emily of New Moon, Ban This Book and some Minecraft book. I’ve been explaining to my thirteen year old the difference between a book report and a book review and spoiler etiquette.

Math has been on Khan Academy and these Disney multiplication printables from Artsy Fartsy Mama for my ten year old.

Science and social studies have been more hands on for my part. After lunch we have watched educational YouTube videos and documentaries on Disney Plus. I highly recommend Crash Course for middle school and high school and Sci Show Kids for elementary. We also love National Geographic Kids. Some topics we learned about include astronomy, climate challenges for animals and the Westward expansion of the US.

I also signed both kids up with Duolingo so they can learn Spanish and French from home. Now all four members of the family are using this to learn a foreign language and I have to say we all love it. That’s not an ad or sponsored thing, I’m just letting you know that I recommend it. I have been learning German and brushing up on my French with Duolingo for awhile now and it’s the easiest learning a language has ever been for me.

Meanwhile my hubby has been working from home since Monday which involves a lot of typing and meetings and saying, “Shhhh!” and drinking coffee. I think it’s been going okay – you can’t beat the commute at least.

Overall, we continue to be in a pretty good place. We’re healthy and have enough food and the worst I can say is that it’s hard to get time to yourself when we’re all here all day. That and I’m tired of cooking dinner but I’m trying to reserve takeout for desperate times.

How are things going where you are?

8 responses to “Writer’s Workshop: Homeschooling, Week One”

  1. annadusseau Avatar

    This is great and plenty of super ideas and resources. I think you’ve nailed the content for your kids. If any readers want to look into the theory of home education, http://www.homeschoolguru.org is quite a hub for homeschoolers and is being turned into an ebook really soon!


  2. Kat Avatar

    Wow, you guys are so much more organized with school lessons than we are. I’m not homeschooling, so I just tell the kids to log into their Google classrooms and hope for the best. 😉 Great work!!


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Now that the kids are doing distance learning with their teachers, that’s pretty much all I’m doing too. And making sure they log onto Zoom in time for video lessons.


  3. Cathy O Avatar

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing well! I’ll have to check out Nat Geo Kids and Duolingo. Have a great week!


  4. madamdreamweaver Avatar

    With nowhere to “eat out” inside local eateries, we’re lacking that special “treat.” I noticed I was having a craving for something sweet, like cake or date bread or something. When we stopped by Publix grocery today we picked up a slice of carrot cake (sold individually packaged) to split and eat after lunch to fix that. I don’t think we’re going want anything more sweet for a month now!


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Sounds like a great treat!


  5. Patty Avatar

    I am impressed and give you much credit for your excellent, at home, curriculum for the children!

    Love Mo Willems…shared his videos with a family member and they are a big part of their “school day”.

    I admit to safely “sneaking out”, just for a drive or a short market visit, armed with gloves, wipes, you name it…the only “alone time” I can muster-up for myself at present.

    Stay safe, stay well!


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I went to the grocery store today – it was nice to get out of the house for a bit even just to get groceries!