By Mick Jensen
Eva Greenland is a homeschool mum of six and knows better than most what it takes to keep young people happy and occupied during a lockdown at home.
She currently homeschools three of her children and has a household of eight to look after.
Her mission with homeschooling is to keep building relationships with her children.
Good relationships mean you are able to build a happy and productive family, she says.
Now was an opportunity for all parents to hang out with their children, get to know them even better and to really “like” their kids, she said.
Homeschooling for her was about “doing life with my kids” and teaching them precious life skills.
She was very low tech with her approach.
“We cook together, enjoy reading, and reading aloud together, even the 15-year-old, and we generally learn through doing everyday shared activities.”
Cake-making taught maths skills and how to follow instructions, while trips out revealed so many exciting opportunities and subjects to learn about.
Her children had a love of reading and were able to pick up books that interested them, rather than books they were told to read.
World War Two was a current focus and through research the children had decided to start their own diaries during lockdown to detail areas such as how they feel, what they do to occupy their time and what they eat.
The diaries were something they could look back at in years to come and share with their families.
Mrs Greenland said the lockdown situation meant her family could hang out together more than usual, enjoy each others company and do activities like puzzles and games.
While the family enjoyed some television time, it was kept to a minimum.
Her children also mixed with others who went to school through activities like ballet.
“Unfortunately, for now, the lockdown means we cannot catch up with the 10 or 12 other homeschool families we usually meet up with once or twice a week for swimming or art.”
Mrs Greenland said she was no “super mum”, and had not been academic at school, but she enjoyed homeschooling.
Her oldest two children, she said, had already made it to university.