Remote learning at NCA - Sarah, Mom of 2
There is no question that this COVID-19 crisis has created many challenges for our families. We wanted to bring some of those stories to light to encourage other families on the journey. We're all in this together! Join Sarah, the mother of a 3rd grader and an 8th grader, as she shares the challenges and victories of remote learning!
Introduce yourself: what's your name? What grades are your kids in?
Sarah; My kids are in 3rd grade & 8th grade.
How has it been having the kids at home these past few weeks? Are there any funny stories you'd like to share? Feel free to share the challenges also!
It's been both great and challenging! Great...in that God has allowed us to enter into a slower pace of life, have more time together (working and playing), and provided opportunities for talking about deeper and difficult topics. And it's also been challenging...being in a 1900 square foot dwelling day-in and day-out, flexing our "grace and patience" muscles more regularly, feeling the real loss of many fun activities and events, and dealing with the uncertainty of the future or inability to plan. And by God's grace over time, trusting in Romans 8:28, some of these challenging things BECOME the great things! :)
What's been your favorite part of remote learning?
Not packing lunches every day! I've enjoyed seeing the kids take responsibility for their learning...my 3rd grader was impatient at breakfast one day because "I have to get started with school, Mom!" (It was 7:54 AM). :) I've been pleasantly surprised at their steady motivation level. It's also been fun seeing her look forward to a class zoom meeting each week and hearing them share about their pets or things they've doing.
What's been the most challenging part of being at home and remote learning?
Trying to do my own work at the same time, and being willing to be interrupted to answer questions and help out with school. (again--much grace and patience!) I also feel pressure to make some sort of 'fun experience' happen every day to keep away the monotony.
What do you or your kids miss most about being at school?
Definitely their teachers, friends, fun events, & chapel.
What's your best at home activity with family?
Basketball outside, and my kids have really enjoyed doing watercolor paintings!
Is there a scripture passage that has been encouraging to you or your family?
2 Corinthians 4:8, 16-18
"8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ... 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Is there anything else you want to say?
We really appreciate all of the administration and staff at NCA - thank you for your efforts and communication through this! We know we stand on a firm Foundation, and He is faithful and strong.