I have 3 kids - aged 7, 4 and 2. Our routine hasn’t changed dramatically since we were already home schooling too, and my husband is now back at work full time. Our day to day life is similar. The biggest difference is not seeing friends or heading out to groups and church.
It’s been a good reminder for me that the most important relationships for my kids is their relationship with us as a family. Friendships and outside relationships are good for them, but as parents, I feel Gods call on us to make a special effort to nurture and cultivate our family connections as a priority and raise our kids with a knowledge of God: Deuteronomy 6:7 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
My personal struggle is not having friends around to chat to and share support. I’m really missing quality time with other adults. Video calls are good, but the kids are usually around so it’s hard to have space to clear my head (I was writing this with a kid peering over my shoulder!)
I do formal lessons with my 7 yr old and let the two younger boys just run wild . They join in on anything they fancy like Art, stories and Nature Studies. There seems to be a plethora of homeschooling resources online and shared through social media. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming at times so I’ve had to try and focus on the curricula and resources I’ve already chosen so I don’t get distracted.
My biggest thing I’m so grateful for is that we have a garden, and I generally stick the kids there if emotions start rising in the house. Somehow the fresh air and opportunity to make mud pies or drag toy dinosaurs through the borders always helps us regain a perspective on life and balance out our family dynamics.
An area that I feel we’ve gained in since lockdown is that I have more time to plan activities and Bible themed learning because we’re not rushing out in the car to appointments and engagements. Our mornings have become much more productive from this and I feel like my kids are getting a more quality academic and spiritual education.
In case anyone’s interested, a good resource that can be used at this time is Parenting for Faith, a UK based organisation but with Biblical resources and responses for all Christian parents who are facing multiple challenges of all types in raising kids.
I also came across this recently which I believe might be Canada based - it has Bible based lessons for kids aged 3-10.