Transcript for Parents consider 'micro-schooling' their kids this fall
We turn to our "Gma" discover story and the battle about sending their kids back to school trying out micro-schooling. Becky Worley has the story. Do tell, Becky. Reporter: Good morning. With covid spikes forcing distance learning back on the table for so many school this is fall, could small co-ops of kids learning in garages and spare rooms in micro-schooling environments be a stopgap? For the Baros family, two kitsd and two working parent, school and child kid are mission critical. When the pandemic hit, it was craziness. We were trying to navigate running our business while at the same time finding out that we need to be doing this distance learning. Reporter: So turning to micro-schooling. In these covid days that means tiny home based learning centers for younger kids and school four to 12 children in a garage or spare room and can get an accredited teacher or use They are in demand because smaller and more communal means kids get served better. In this time of the pandemic, it's an added bonus. They can shall much safer than larger schools. Their social distancing, the six feet apart is much more doable. Reporter: It minimizes exposure between families, creates social stilllation for kids and provides some relief for parents. The families not hosting are free to do their remote working for a good number of hours in the morning and then the family that is hosting gets to have that experience during that time of not having to do the heavy lifting of the reading, writing but getting to still enjoy the time with the kiddos. Reporter: Local Facebook parenting groups are one way the pods are forming but the entire concept begs a lot of questions. Who will teach? What is the curriculum? Whose house? What hours and how much if anything will it cost? Questions that are left up to negotiation between the participating parents but for this family the hope of a micro-school community for their children is worth it. There's no way it's going to work for our family to preside over distance learning. We'll figure out something at home that will work for us. Reporter: One consideration, this all costs money or parents have to take time off work to be the rotating teacher. But for some it really makes Darcy, the mom we talked to started a Facebook group in her area to see if others would be interesting in podding up for micro-schools. A thousand other parents have joined in the last week alone, whit. Parents are pretty desperate to find solutions in the fall. And, Becky, let's face it. Not all parents are good at teaching at home. I put myself in that category as well. So a lot of things to work out. Thank you so much, Becky. We appreciate it.
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