Welcome to Homeschooling Teen‘s April 2020 “Coronavirus Issue.” I hope you and your family are staying safe, well, and comfortable at home.
Do you realize who’s ruling the roost now? The homeschoolers! (Not to mention the germaphobes, introverts, and social recluses, ha!) But seriously, in a press briefing from the White House, the President of the United States literally said that all American children should school at home! And with millions of Americans abiding by the government’s orders to “shelter at home” due to the COVID-19 crisis, the homeschooling movement literally grew from 3 million to 43 million overnight.
Our Homeschooling Teen writers are all based at home, so in spite of our personal lives being disrupted, it makes for no major interruptions to our publishing routine. In this issue we have several articles related to the coronavirus, but many of our articles were written before the pandemic hit the U.S, so that’s why some of the content may seem a little out of touch. But hopefully reading them will get your mind off current events for a while. After all, we don’t just want to dwell on bad things that are happening; we also want to maintain some sense of stability in our lives.
While everyone was hoping for the coronavirus crisis to be over by Easter, unfortunately the virus is likely to peak at that time. But don’t let that stop you from celebrating the holiday. Even though you won’t be able to participate in your regular Easter traditions (I know we’ll all miss going to church, Easter brunch, and community egg hunts), there are still plenty of things you can do at home.
Wake up early to watch the Easter sunrise in your own backyard, live stream a church service, decorate some eggs, have an indoor egg hunt, prepare Easter dinner with your immediate family, eat a chocolate bunny, watch The Passion of the Christ, The Robe, or Ben-Hur. Now more than ever, we need to dwell on the good news of the Easter story, which is timeless and applies to everyone. The resurrection of Jesus is a message of hope and victory – a message that is surely needed at this time in history.
P.S. April is National Poetry Month! Here’s something you can do. One of the best ways to deal with anxiety and other emotions is to write a poem about how you feel. Write a coronavirus poem and send it to email@example.com. It can be serious and thoughtful, or uplifting and inspiring, or even a humorous lockdown poem. We’ll publish all poems received in next month’s issue!