(CS MONITOR) – Teri Carey never expected to teach her children at home. But after weeks of researching how to homeschool, she has now selected instruction materials, withdrawn her son from his local public school, and started math, science, and history lessons with her 7-year-old.
"Obviously COVID had a lot to do with it" says Ms. Carey, from Maynard, Massachusetts, who will also care for her toddler this year. "However, it was less about contracting COVID and the fear of getting sick – that was a part of it – but it was more the atmosphere he'd be learning in," with students and staff wearing masks, desks spaced apart, and limited movement around the building.
"We thought it would be a better learning environment at home," where he will likely feel less nervous, she says.
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The likelihood of a sizable uptick in home schooling families this year due to pandemic concerns, along with families experimenting with other forms of remote education, means many parents are rethinking approaches to school. Some of them wonder if such options create more flexibility for their schedules, offer more opportunity to discuss cultural heritage, and better accommodate different learning styles. Such a shift could impact how education is delivered in brick and mortar schools going forward, some educators say.