Homeschooling Through Hard Times (Teaching Creatively Blog Hop)

Thankfully, I can't truly say that we've had a "crisis" during the time we've homeschooled. I do know, however, that homeschooling has been wonderful for us in less than routine family times- sicknesses, the birth of babies, tight financial times, chronic pain.

Homeschooling through difficult times

My youngest child was born when my older three were 6,4,and 1. I had begun school with my older two, and they were headed into their kindergarten and 1st grade years. Rachel was born in August. At the time, it hadn't occurred to me that homeschooling could be done on any schedule. I didn't have to follow the traditional school schedule.

But as I began to think about the birth and how to handle life after the baby came, I realized that I had the control here. I could actually change our school schedule to fit around Rachel's coming. And so I did.

That year, we continued on schooling through most of the summer. We took off all of August and most of September while I got life settled back in around us with a new baby. Then we resumed school around the end of September and moved on. It worked out beautifully. Was life always easy and wonderful? Nope. I had four children 6 and under. I had an infant and a toddler and was trying to teach a 1st grader and 4 year old. It was beautifully chaotic and crazy.

But thanks to the flexibility of homeschooling, we were able to adjust our schedule to work around our family events.

The same thing happened two years ago when I had a hysterectomy in October of that year. We had planned ahead and done more through the summer. We were able to take a few weeks off as I recovered, and I was able to start school back slowly as I felt able.

So, even though we've never homeschooled through a true crisis, we have experienced the blessing that homeschooling can bring when life is uprooted from the normal schedule.

I've had friends who have homeschooled through extended illness, through cancer, through the loss of a job, through childbirth, through miscarriage, through the medical issues of a family member. Homeschooling is a blessing in all of these circumstances. It provides routine and stability. It gives family members more opportunity to be together. It provides flexibility to work around doctor's visits, therapy appointments, sick days.


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This post was originally part of the 5 Days of Teaching Creatively blog hop with the Schoolhouse Review Crew. You can "hop" to other members of the Schoolhouse Crew to read how others have homeschooled in a crisis.




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