Being stuck at home for homeschoolers seems like it should be no problem at all. In many ways, our schedule has remained pretty much the same. We live in a more rural part of the county and would go for a day or two without seeing anyone except our immediate family. But as soon as the governor told us we couldn’t leave our house, it suddenly felt like a prison.
That sense of freedom we originally had as a homeschooling family has disappeared these last couple of weeks with the emergence of COVID-19 and the restrictions accompanying it. I can count the number of times I’ve left the house in the past couple of weeks on one hand. We have everything delivered and all of our social interaction has been via FaceTime and Zoom. I’m sure everyone can relate.
While COVID-19 and its repercussions are worrisome and unfortunate, I’ve taken this time to slow down and appreciate a simpler life. What a perfect time to truly appreciate God’s creation and grow your own garden. Our family has started prepping for a vegetable garden. It’s relatively cheap and by mid-summer the hope is that we will have a bountiful garden full of produce. (No stressful grocery trips for us!) For beginner gardners, a great place to start your online search is with land-grant university and Cooperative Extension websites. They’ll tell you all about growing gardens in your area.
Starting seedlings indoors is a great science project (and indoor activity for those cooler spring days). And on warmer days we are out in the garden getting dirty. There are so many different gardening techniques or bed styles to choose from. Choose what works for your schedule and your space. I’ve found that involving my kids in the garden planning and planting has given them a sense of responsibility and purpose, something we all need right now.
For a fun family activity, gather some smooth rocks and paint them to use as markers in the garden. It can be done indoors or outdoors, but it does get messy. Make sure to wash and dry the stones thoroughly and use acrylic--not washable--paint so that it stays on. My kids had a lot of fun deciding which vegetable they wanted to make a sign for and were very proud to show them off.
We are living in a challenging time right now. But when life gives you lemons...you harvest those lemon seeds and plant them in your garden.
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