With New Brunswick schools closed for the rest of the school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents in the province are bracing themselves for a new challenge: home learning.
“I have an education degree but I don’t really think that actually is going to help me in this situation, I mean teaching your own children is a whole different animal,” said Julie Little, a mom of three in Fredericton.
Education minister Dominic Cardy announced on Thursday that the province is opting to keep schools closed out of an abundance of caution.
That means teaching from home.
During his announcement, Cardy recommended students spend a minimum of one to two-and-a-half hours of learning time per day, depending on their grade level.
Marsha Collicott, also a mother of three in the Fredericton-area, had to close down her cleaning business as a result of the pandemic and has already started home learning.
When the details of the lesson plans are released, the pair of mothers hope there is support for parents included.
“Situations where they’re doing Grade 12 calculus or whatever I think that’s going to be when it’s important for these programs that the district doles out they are going to have to be well designed,” said Little.
New Brunswick has confirmed that information about home learning will be posted online and that parents will be contacted by schools in the coming days.
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