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Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Culture, Education | 0 comments

School Closures, Coronavirus, and How to Take the First Steps Educating Your Kids at Home

School Closures, Coronavirus, and How to Take the First Steps Educating Your Kids at Home

Your kids are home. You are home. You both need to get work done. What on earth does working and homeschooling look like?  Millions of American kids are, for the first time ever, being homeschooled. As it turns out, I happen to be married to a brilliant thought leader in the homeschooling world, Kelly Haanen, the director of the homeschool enrichment program at Ascent Classical Academy in Lone Tree, Colorado.  In this guest “post,” Kelly sent a note to parents of full-time K-12 students at Ascent classical academy, giving them tips about how to approach homeschooling for the first time.  If you find yourself trying to reorganize your daily schedule around your work and your kid’s school work – all day long – this article is for you.  As a homeschool parent and director of Ascent’s Homeschool Enrichment program, I want to offer you all a word of encouragement, and a few ideas, as you approach the next month of facilitating your students’ education at home. First, I genuinely...

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Culture, Work | 1 comment

The Coronavirus Sabbath: 9 Things to Do When Everything Is Canceled

The Coronavirus Sabbath: 9 Things to Do When Everything Is Canceled

Everything is shutting down. Not just major league sports, but swim practices, rec centers, local libraries, and office buildings. And public schools. In my home state of Colorado, even public schools are shutting down for at least two weeks. This causes lots of problems. For instance, how are workers like barbers, mechanics, and home health care workers – those who can’t work from home – supposed to not only stay safe, but also care for kids who are home from school? Also, how long should employers hang on to employees in the midst of drastic short term revenue cuts? These are big questions that need answers. However, for a brief window, the Coronavirus also presents an opportunity. As I write this, my office building has shut down, all of my kid’s soccer and swimming practices are canceled, and my calendar is opening pretty fast for the next two weeks. The cancelations have caused both anxiety and sadness in our home (we really enjoy seeing people in our community!) but...

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