Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Homeschooling During Illness

In my life this week…

It has been a wild week. We’ve been homeschooling during illness. On Sunday morning, BookGirl woke up not feeling well. After resting that morning and taking a nap, she had rallied and was able to start choir on Sunday night with Princess Roo and the rest of her buddies at church. On Monday, they started dance for the school year. By Tuesday, Roo was feeling pretty bad. On Thursday, I hit my elbow really hard and developed a huge lump that had to be x-rayed. Fortunately, it’s not broken, but it’s painful and has to be watched carefully. It has been a week of sleeplessness for all of us. I haven’t had to get up multiple times in the middle of the night for a while. It’s rough!

In our homeschool this week…

Homeschooling during illness obviously looks different from our regular schedule. We watched documentaries on Netflix for science and social studies. I read aloud to the girls, and we wrapped up some books we’ve been reading for a while. We made time for naps / rest time every day. As they began to feel better, we added in a subject here and there and now, at the end of the week, we’ve almost worked back up to our full schedule.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Relax! I’ve said it in a lot of different forums lately, but I’m really seeing the benefits of relaxing and enjoying the journey. Great things are happening in our homeschool, and it’s all because I relaxed and became more flexible.

I am inspired by…

My long-time sister-friend who has recently plunged into homeschooling while still working—and is learning to juggle it all. She is an amazing hair stylist, teacher, and friend.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

The girls started choir at church and began dance lessons for this year. They recited their first verses in AWANA and enjoyed Park Day with our local homeschool group. And in the middle of all of this, we did lessons and took naps!

My favorite thing this week was…

A conversation around the dinner table where the kids really opened up and let us in on some things that are going on in their lives.

What’s working/not working for us…

I just started reading the girls’ learning profiles from It explains so much about why things work the way they do in our homeschool and is already giving me ideas to make things even better. (Look for more thoughts on this—and a surprise—soon!)

We have finally finished up the virtue “helpful” from our We Choose Virtues kit and will be moving on to perseverant. Now we’ll be diligent, helpful, and perseverant!

Things I’m working on…

Laundry, Bible study, reading, writing projects, you name it. With both kids being sick and hurting my elbow, I’m seriously behind!

I’m reading…

Ongoing reading/study projects:

  • The Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer
  • The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives by George Müller and A. E. C. Brooks

I finished:

  • Implosion by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • The River by Michael Neale

I’m cooking…

Nothing. We finished off the stew I made last weekend, and I followed it with a big pot of ham and bean soup. We finally wrapped that up tonight. It has been a week of leftovers!

I’m grateful for…

An elbow that isn’t broken. The doctor sounded very surprised when he came in after looking at my x-rays.

I’m praying for…

Everyone involved in the terrifying situations happening around the world. Every time I hear news this week, I pray.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

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2 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Homeschooling During Illness

  1. Angela says:

    Not that I ever wish any of us sick, but sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to just slow down. Hope all of you are on the mend 😉

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