WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Some parents who keep their children at home after a pandemic have once been concerned about how their children will adapt after returning to the traditional environment.
What you need to know
- Amari Tulle studied online more than a year before returning to personal study as a high school student
- Amari’s biggest lesson over the past year and a half has been learning to believe in herself.
- Amar’s biggest concern was when going back with old friends and making new friends
While the ups and downs were many, parents of Lori Tull said keeping their 11-year-old daughter, Amari, at home for more than a year was a good thing. At first she was not sure how it would all turn out, as she and her husband were working.
“I was fired, but it was a blessing because I was able to stay home with the kids,” Tull said.
By doing so, she can provide stability while working with distance learning challenges with them. Amari, a Genoa high school student in Westerville, said the best part of staying home is that she eats what she wants without a strict schedule, as she only eats school lunch.
However, the hardest part of online learning was that there were some concepts that some children knew and others didn’t.
“It’s hard for us and the teachers to know everything and what we need to work on,” he said.
Distance learning was not the only thing that was difficult. She said not being able to communicate with her friends was another obstacle. Finding and keeping friends will be even more important as Tulle moves from elementary school to high school.
She realized that she had to work harder to connect with old friends and when trying to make new friends.
As the time approached, the mother said that the idea of her daughter growing up and going to high school was too much.
“It was a great fix to see if he was ready or not,” Tull said.
Furthermore, COVID-19 cases were still changing, and Amari’s plan for the 2021-22 school year was to return to personal study.
“I was a little nervous because the new kids, the older school, more than one teacher,” he said.
But when she started, she adapted well, received a badge of honor again, re-established contact with old friends, made new friends, and even took violin lessons.
Since returning to school, Amari said she is glad she doesn’t have to worry about hearing or seeing things on the internet. One of the greatest things she has achieved at home for over a year is what she calls a mindset of growth.
“Growth thinking is that I can learn math and achieve it. It’s like growth thinking, it means you have confidence in yourself,” Amari said.
And now she not only believes in herself, but is confident that whether it is school work or something else, she will prevail regardless of whether there is a pandemic or not.