Parents across the country had a crash-course in homeschooling this past spring due to the coronavirus. With school districts across the country announcing their plans for the fall semester, many families will once again have to find creative education solutions for their households.
One new trend that’s growing in popularity is microschooling, a home-based education system in which a small group of children learn together, reports Good Morning America.
A microschool is typically made up of between four and 12 young children, who are taught in person either by a parent or several parents in rotation, though some groups of families choose to hire an accredited teacher for their children.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the children’s families (and teacher, if one is hired) can then form a social bubble to limit their chance of infection.
The theory is that by creating a microschool social bubble, the children are able to interact with other people their age, and their parents can share the responsibilities of full-time teaching with the rest of the participants.
Dr. Maureen O’Shaughnessy, author of "Creating Micro-Schools for Our Colorful Mismatched Kids,” says that microschools “can be much safer than larger schools. Their social distancing, the six-feet apart, is much more doable.”
Under the extended social bubble created around the microschool, as long as everyone involved adheres to the same rules and only interacts within the bubble, the chance of infection is greatly reduced compared to interactions with a larger group.
However, in order for it to work, all of the people in the bubble can’t also be part of any other social bubbles, as that could then put all members at greater risk.