The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all. Whether you’re just now experiencing having your children home all day, every day, or you’ve been homeschooling for years, these changing times can be overwhelming and uncertain.
But you know — we’re so glad! What a tremendous opportunity we’ve been given to spend time with our children, invest in what really matters, and redirect their hearts (and ours!) back to our solid assurance in God’s faithfulness, no matter the current situation.
CHEC’s been here for over 30 years, helping families in Colorado to homeschool. And we’re here today to continue serving you — homeschoolers, considering homeschoolers, and well-I-guess-we’re-home-for-now-ers. This page is full of timely help for you to enjoy this season with your children.
We’re praying that this would be a time of great blessing and hope in your family as we keep our eyes on Jesus!
- Looking for some encouragement? CHEC Board President shared a letter with us full of scripture and hope. You can read it here.
- Questions for us about homeschooling in Colorado? Call our office Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm at 720-842-4852, or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
1. Ideas for Kids, Tweens, & Teens at Home
You might be swimming in schoolwork … so how about a break for some fun, learning-rich activities that you can enjoy WITH your children?
Kristi Burton Brown JD, herself a homeschool graduate now homeschooling her own children, created this super-helpful comprehensive list of ways to spend quality time with your children. Sign up now to get your copy of “102 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy at Home.”
Kristi’s mom, Debra Burton, has created the 2nd level of this great resource — 44 Ideas for ‘Tweens & Teens. Centered around eight core “jurisdictions,” this PDF has incredible ideas for you to provoke your 12- to 18-year-olds to learn AND have a great time while they’re at it — even while we’re all stuck at home. Debra’s creative ideas stem from her own experience as a homeschool mom, Colorado State Mediator, and an author and a speaker at state-wide conferences, women’s retreats, and special events. Parents, you’ll be encouraged while you’re loaded up with innovative ways to make the most of the time you have with your young adults.
2. Create a COVID-19 Memory Book
Your kids can document this history-in-the-making event with a hands-on memory book (elementary-age) and time-capsule (high school). These unique books allow them to record their own thoughts and memories, as well as the history going on in their city and on a national level. They’re educational, fun, and practical, allowing your students to create their own “history books” about a time in history that has never yet been recorded.
3. Explore Homeschooling Options
Curious if this full-time-homeschooling thing could work for you? Well … take it from us. We’ve experienced homeschooling over three decades, and we think all the benefits — parent-directed, free from government control, academic success, safe learning environment, opportunities for discipleship, and more — are pretty convincing.
So now it’s your turn! To help you explore if homeschooling is right for you — plus give you all the details you need to get started — we’ve created a super-handy, free, online educational course. Click the link below to get started!
Want more info? We’ve also created a free “Guide to Homeschooling in Colorado” that you can download & print for easy reading.
4. Connect While Social Distancing
Find some online community in the CHEC Colorado Homeschool Discussion Facebook group — join in to brainstorm ideas, share projects, and find encouragement.
Have a special learner at home? The 102 Ideas download (#1 above) will be great for you, but we also encourage you to check out the SPED Homeschool Support Facebook group for ongoing updates & ideas from specialist Peggy Ployhar, who has helped homeschool families with struggling learners and special needs children for many years.