5 Tips to Help You Homeschool When Your World Falls Apart

When you're committed to homeschooling but your world falls apart, what do you do? These five tips are helping my family through a difficult time.

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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?

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8 Responses to 5 Tips to Help You Homeschool When Your World Falls Apart

  1. Gabby says:

    One thing that has helped me this year is to simply focus on the essentials and the things that encourage a close connection to my kids. That means it’s my goal to spend time in the Word of God with them first. Then we do read alouds. By then, we’re all enjoying school and snuggles so we’re in a great mood to see if we can do one or two other subjects. I’m finding that by focusing on these two priorities, we’re actually able to get nearly everything done each day. I think it’s only by the grace of God. I’m putting in minimal effort but getting maximum returns somehow. The Lord is really caring for us.

  2. Danielle says:

    When Brian died we just stopped for awhile. It was May 28th we were at our required amount of days. With Emma’s illness and procedures we haven’t started back up yet. I am hoping to start in one week. We have good days and different days. On the days that life is overwhelming we will take a mental health day. One step at a time. One minute at a time… Prayers.

  3. Alma Mater says:

    These are great tips. I have had a lot of difficulty in my pregnancies, and have had to adjust our school for that a few times in the past few years. In my most recent pregnancy, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and now that the baby is born (she’s 4 months and doing fine), I am waiting for open heart surgery.

    We keep to the basics every day – handwriting, math and reading. If we get to another subject in the day, we consider it a great success!

  4. Susie says:

    Thank you for sharing this! My husband is currently in the middle of nine months of chemo for stage three colon cancer. I’ve started working part-time two days a week and found out the hard way I can’t still do Homeschool the same way! It’s nice to know I’m not alone and don’t have to feel GUILTY!

    • You are most certainly not alone, and you don’t have to feel guilty! If you are determined to homeschool, like I am, your family can adapt and change to the changing demands on your family. It is still doable. Hang in there! I hope your husband’s treatments go well and that your family finds this to be a time that draws you closer to God and one another.

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