Monday, March 22, 2010

When You Just Can't Do It--Temporarily

During times of sickness, new baby in the house, death of a family member, or any other time of crisis or undue stress, we often feel overwhelmed with the task of homeschooling. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the situation, we may be tempted to put our children in school...temporarily.

What do we do in a time like this?

First, pray. Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance at this time. Ask Him to cover your household with the peace that passes all understanding.

Second, consult with your spouse. A period of undue stress is not the time to disagree about school plans and functions.

Then, pray together as a couple and also as a family. Ask Him to give you both the same vision for your children.

Once those bases are covered, here are a few more suggestions to get you along the rough road without giving up entirely.

You may want to pare your schoolwork down to the bare minimum. If a child is in the process of learning to read, the most important thing for him is to read every day. If a child is reading already, the most important thing for him is to keep up on his math lessons. After reading and math, do whatever is most enjoyable. And if nothing seems enjoyable at this moment, don't add stress to your home by trying to do it.

Remember that children can catch up on what we (or the professional educators that write all that "What Your Child Needs to Know" stuff) think they need to learn at a particular time. In fact, most curriculums--math in particular--repeat key principles over and over, year after year, for reinforcement purposes.

Something else to consider...look to others for help. If mom simply cannot be there (like having to work a job or be at a hospital with a sick child) solicit the help of dad, teenage children, grandparents, or other homeschooling parents in your social circle.

Try to keep things as normal as possible. Putting your children in school when things are already stressful would only add more stress to the situation--especially for those children.

It is my prayer that you would never need this advice. But just in case you do, remember that "this, too, will pass."

Blessings,

9 comments:

  1. Here! Here! I'm so glad my parents made the decision to pull us out of school. It was so worth it!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Welcome, Emily. I'm glad they made that decision, too. I'm sure you're the better for it.
    Blessings,
    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great tips and some of these I have implemented!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love your advice! Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for saying so, Becky. I hope you have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Lots of good advice here, Carol. I know it will bless people who find it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. First time here Carol and I love what I just read. Really hit home as we are just now in a bit of a crisis and I'm struggling with getting school done. We're facing quite a year and we have put the kids in school due to crisis before, but I won't be tempted to do that again since it was a huge mistake. It is hard to take a deep breath and do the bare minimum during these times, but it beats the alternative. Thanks for the reminder!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for visiting. I really believe that we have too high of expectations on our children and ourselves. Something else I've learned over the last 16 years...children learn a lot more through osmosis than we give them credit for.
    Blessings,
    Carol

    ReplyDelete