5 Tips to Help You Homeschool When Your World Falls Apart
I don’t know what brought you to this place. Maybe it was a death, divorce, separation, job loss, or catastrophic accident or illness. Something big happened that resulted in a move, a need to find immediate work outside the home, or a period when you were unable to care for your family. Whatever brought you here, your world has fallen apart, and you’re supposed to be homeschooling. What do you do now?
I am walking this path myself, and I’m using a few different strategies to get through this difficult time and keep our homeschool on track:
- Keep going. Although we haven’t felt like doing our lessons every day, keeping the routine has been good for all of us. Studying has given us something else to think about besides our immediate situation and has given us a sense of continuity as we work on lessons every day, just like always. (Some days we’re working different hours than we used to, but knowing what to expect each day has been helpful.)
- Take a break. There are some days that homeschooling just isn’t a good option. Emotions may be running too high, it may be more important to catch up on sleep, or you may need time to breathe in the middle of whatever you’re going through. We have taken a break on a day that we planned to do school, and it wasn’t wasted. We rested, and the girls did lots of educational activities that day while we were hanging out together. Play and experiencing life together are educational in many ways, even though they may not be part of your regularly scheduled school day.
- Ease up. If it’s a difficult day but you don’t want to quit on school completely, consider crossing a subject or two off the list, just for that day. Instead of a full science lesson from your regular curriculum, find a documentary on a related topic on Netflix or Curiosity Stream to watch together. You may find if you ease up just a bit, you feel better and can do more than you thought.
- Change your schedule. When your world is already crashing in around you and circumstances are vastly different from when you began your school year, take a look at your schedule. Make arrangements when needed. Do you need to school on Saturdays now to make up for not being able to school on Tuesdays anymore? Do you need to switch from studying in the mornings to evenings? Flexibility is one of homeschooling’s huge benefits! Use it to your advantage now while you and your children navigate your way through your current struggles.
- Accept help. Accept help where you need it from friends, neighbors, your faith community, family members, and even your children. Working together as a team with others makes burdens feel lighter and will give you a little breathing room to focus on your kids and their lessons.
You’re going through a rough time. Don’t give up on homeschooling. Make some adjustments each day that will help you get through the day. Then do the same thing the next day, and the next. Before you know it, you’ll have another year under your belt.
What strategies has your family used to homeschool during difficult times?