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A mother reflects on her experience of homeschooling

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posted on 2022-10-20, 08:31 authored by Carlos Ibarra-RivadeneiraCarlos Ibarra-Rivadeneira


“While staying at home during Covid-19, I had to find different activities for my children day after day. They were not attending school and were so bored always being at home. Therefore the activities needed to be both educational and entertaining. One of my children is 7 years old and the other is 4 years old. I started teaching my son at home because school was sending homework and he couldn’t do it. We started with the alphabet and the sounds of letters. I bought these magnet letters for my son to make his understanding easier. He was placing letters on the fridge and then we were practising identifying them.

Because of pandemic, One day we decided to thank the NHS and I told my son to write “STAY SAFE AND WE LOVE NHS” and he chose the correct letters and arranged them on the fridge. We wrote the sentence together, by practising letters and sounds.

I think we should combine both education with joy at home, at school and in our real lives. We can learn the importance of something by enjoying it.”


This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants.


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