When it all comes crashing down

It’s day four of our teaching creatively blog hop and today’s topic is homeschooling in a crisis.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there at some point or another (and some of us are probably there now). The end of your rope, everything that can go wrong does. The crisis could be health, job, or financially related. It could be the loss of someone close to you, or the loss of or damage to your home. In life, things happen, but of course, the world doesn’t stop turning, and there are still things that need to be done. So, how do we handle unexpected catastrophes in our homeschool?

Well, it depends on the type of crisis. About two years ago we lost our home and were in a situation where we had to move, quickly. For that point in time, homeschooling kind of went out the window while we dealt with the situation at hand. There were houses to look at, things to pack, and other issues to be handled. For about two weeks, my husband, my kids and myself were too busy packing boxes and sorting through stuff to do any school. I still made it a point to read aloud to my kids before we went to bed, and since this all took place over a period of about two weeks, we were able to resume our scheduled once we got into our new place (admittedly, after we moved in I did a lot of “teaching” while I was unloading boxes!!). For the first week or so as we settled in, our school was mainly bible (which we did together) and reading and math (which my kids could do on their own). Our other subjects had to wait until we got things in order, but that was okay because we just school until we finish anyway.

But what about a more long term crisis? Last year my husband was injured at work and had to have surgery. He was out of work for 6 months and had a lot of doctor’s appointments, physical therapy etc. etc. For that time period my kids did a lot of school in the car, and the waiting room at various doctor’s offices and hospitals. We simply packed everything we needed into a backpack and brought it with us. Homeschooling is flexible, and you really have the ability to do it anywhere you would like. We saved things like projects and science experiments for when I knew we would be at home, but the rest of our school got done wherever we were! I like to think that my kids were learning flexibility through this experience. I know life won’t always go smoothly for them, and they need to learn how to adjust when stuff comes up.

I think it is natural for kids to become a little afraid when a crisis is going on, and I think that keeping some sort of homeschool schedule going can be comforting for them. A familiar routine can be something to hold on to when it seems like the whole world is going crazy! But at the same time, you have to be realistic about what you can handle while also dealing with a crisis. If it means stopping your homeschool for a short period, while you handle things, then do that! If it means cutting down on a couple of subjects for a while, then do that. The good thing about homeschooling is that you can always pick up where you left off once things settle down a bit, and sometimes, the most important thing during a crisis is simply being together as a family!

To read about other Crew members experiences with homeschooling during a crisis, click here:

Join me tomorrow for the last day of the teaching creatively blog hop, hands-on projects!

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