This is What Our Homeschool Routine Looks Like on Day 2

We’re not waiting for schools to shut down

Illustration by Cynthia Marinakos.

This morning, my 7-year-old Adele woke up excited. “I want to go to school today!” she declared.

“We’re staying away from school,” I reminded her.

“But Tuesday is sport day and STEM,” she protested. (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths)

I was arguing with my kid about going to school. OMFG!

I almost wavered. Could the virus really be this bad? Is it still bad?

I second-guessed myself. You see, here in Melbourne, Australia, our schools haven’t shut down. I’ve made the call to pull her out of school. It’s day 2. Yesterday was unusual — I spent the morning gathering more supplies. We had Adele’s viola class by Zoom. Briefly went through a few pages in English, Maths, and Technology books.

Am I overreacting?

I got on my phone and we checked the news together in bed.

Germany’s closed all non-essential services.
France is in lockdown.
Canada, Egypt, and other countries have shut down borders.
The US are taking things more seriously, several schools are shut down.

She slowly understood.

Her school hasn’t shut down. But it’s only a matter of time.

“Let’s do STEM at home,” I suggested.

We found wonderful, easy videos about salt dough volcanoes and popsicle catapults.

To things as normal as possible for her in terms of her school day, we’ve decided to keep it loosely based on her school schedule — but better because it includes home activities.

One thing that may help is she’s desperate to use my iPad — I’m not a huge fan of iPads in learning yet, but they use it at school. I figure including it for no more than 1 hour during the day will keep her motivated and keep our learning similar to school.

Here’s the outline of what Day 2 of homeschooling looks like for us:

Tuesday homeschool routine

  • Breakfast
  • Read — book and app
  • Make sourdough mixture, knead, and sweep the floor afterward!
  • Sport — bike and footy out in the local park (staying away from playground surfaces)

Morning tea

  • Kitchen garden — harvest our baby tomatoes and water the garden
  • English — creative writing, comprehension and app
  • Maths — with real money, and app


  • Viola practice
  • Free play inside (today’s hot)
  • Make an ebook about the garden

Afternoon tea

  • Art — white crayon painting (her idea)
  • Make new play kitchen (It’s epic, lots of steps and pieces. A great way to learn how to follow instructions and coordination skills.)
  • Free play outside



And where do I fit in writing? Where do I fit in work? Where do I fit in preparation for my client phone meeting tomorrow afternoon? Right now, while she’s reading. During free play. And after she goes to bed.

What I’ve learned from working at home for more than 8 years is short bursts of work are a surefire way to kill procrastination. It’s possible to get sh*t done even when you haven’t got 8 straight hours.

Also, I get to run when she rides. Remind myself basic maths. Draw. Paint. Show her how to run a household. And enjoy the joys of being a child again.

This situation is unusual. It’s inconvenient. It’s taken us all by surprise. It’s damn scary and uncertain.

Routines are a wonderful way to include certainty in our days. In our children’s days.

Google ideas. Ask your kid for input. Make sh*t up. There’s plenty to do.

We are alive. We can breathe the cool air into our lungs. Feel the glorious sun on our faces. We can speak to the people we love yet can’t go physically near, by phone, video, and text. We can hug our families. Wave at people through our windows. Dance on our front porches or balconies as the jolly Italians are doing.

We all have a choice.

Let’s be grateful.
Let’s be kind.

Let’s show our children that adversity is an opportunity.

Let’s show our children how to adapt and rise up to the challenges of life, no matter how tough. Let’s enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with our kids, without the busy-ness of life to get in the way. Be present. Chat and really listen to them. Get creative. Laugh and play together.

And now, I’ve got to get Adele off the iPad, ready for our sourdough making session. Into the sun.

Take care. Take it a day at a time. And have fun homeschooling.

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