When the pandemic hit in March 2020, we panicked—in every possible way.
We were worried about everything, and I'll be honest: Our adjustment to having school happen in our home was far from ideal. Our school did an excellent job supporting us, but we were simply not prepared or set up for the challenge.
Our Experts Editor at Motherly describes it perfectly—it wasn't homeschooling or virtual-schooling, it was crisis-schooling.
That's exactly what it felt like in my house. Every day was chaos. We lost school items constantly, missed assignments, and there were many tears shed (myself included). And you know, all this happening amid the trauma of a pandemic.
So this weekend, my partner and I sat down and identified the pain points. What were some of the factors that made it so hard? Are there small but meaningful solutions we can implement? Because listen—this whole situation will never be easy, not even close. Still, I can still try to make it better, even if it's in small ways.
As we face the new school year, likely much of which will be spent in this house, I am determined to have it feel more organized. Part of that is designating work stations for each of my three kids. The work station is where everything school-related happens and stays. Zoom meetings, notebooks, pencils—they all stay in one spot.
This year, back-to-school shopping will be back-to-home shopping.
Here is how I am setting up a workstation for my kids.