12 Practical Tips for Homeschooling Through a Short-Term Crisis

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12 Practical Tips for Homeschooling Through a Short-Term Crisis

(In other words, “Homeschooling in Survival Mode”)

Periodically in my life I am faced with unexpected events that bring my routine to a screeching halt, mainly from emergency hospital visits.


My Baker’s Dozen list for homeschooling through a short term crisis:

1) First gather up all your expectations and hide them in a box, write them down for later or just plain pretend they don’t exist at the moment. Your only expectation at this moment is survival mode.

2) Go and buy 3 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk for breakfast. If you really have guilt over not serving those hot breakfasts, buy instant oatmeal. Otherwise some Cocoa Puffs will be a bright spot in your kid’s day.

3) Forget the laundry. You can mix whites, darks and colors. Just throw in the washer what you need to wear for tomorrow. (Although I would avoid wanting a red shirt.)

4) After you pick up the cereal, grab some lunchmeat, bread, and a bag of apples. Sandwiches can be quick and packed if the need arises. Most school-aged children can make sandwiches themselves.

5) It is possible to do the basic school subjects one day and do history and science on the other day. This way school time can be cut in half. If necessary declare it an unplanned holiday for the week.

6) Pay an older child to grade papers, read books out loud or plan some activities.

7) Ask your children to do jobs that are normally yours around house. This is a moment to allow children to grow in different areas. They may just surprise you on what they can do.

8) Use paper products instead of dishes. It really cuts down on the kitchen work. We keep an emergency stash of plates,bowls, cups and silverware for emergency use only.

9) Pull down the boxes of Legos, grab a pile of blankets, or give them an empty box filled with tape and paperclips and allow them to build a project on their current history or science topic. Learning can happen outside of the school books.

10) Ask for help! Be specific. Some friends are faithful to pray for you. Some friends will take your kids for an afternoon. Some friends will bring you a meal. Some friends will listen to you cry. Let them know your needs and what would help you the most.

11) Accept help! So you just ignored number 10, you don’t want to bother your already busy friends. Don’t say “No” for them. Ask them and let them be the judge of their schedules. If they offer a meal say, “yes” even if you are capable of cooking. You can use that time to reconnect with your family or do a load of laundry.

12) Don’t forget to check in with how the kids are handling the crisis. They may have suggestions or need to know how things are going. Pray with them and remind them that God is in control.

13) When the crisis is over, take a break, or maybe a day trip. Better yet a vacation! You need to rest! You need to reconnect. I know the piles of laundry are over taking the bedroom  and the house is a disaster. Take a break! You will be able to tackle those mountains better when your mind and body are rested. (Although I would double-check that the bills are paid)

What do you do at your house to survive a short term crisis?

 

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Comments

  1. Love this post. God gives us trials to teach us- how we respond teaches our children. More is caught than taught.
    I wrote about Bed Homeschooling
    http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/8-reasons-i-enjoy-bed-homeschooling/

  2. Cindy says:

    I do #5 pretty much every week. Great list. You must have written it especially for me. NOTHING is working the way it is supposed to right now. 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      Cindy,
      You are battling some storms of your own. Praying you can catch your breath. I will be the friend praying from afar. And I pray some friends close by will bring a meal or help with the kiddos.

  3. Bonita says:

    Thank you so much for including a link to my series! This is an excellent blog post and I’m going to link to it in my series. I love all the ideas about food!

  4. Stacey, What a wonderful list and not just for those new to homeschooling. Even after 16 yrs on this journey, #5 was a good reminder for me in our present situation. I needed to hear the last 2 because I need to do exactly those, but the Type A in me is gonna find it almost impossible.

    • Stacey says:

      Carol Ann,
      If only you could my dear friend, who asked me 3 times if I needed help and I kept saying no. I finally texted her an ok. Then she read this post and laughed at me. My next blog post should be along the lines of How to be friends with a type A person. Praying for you!

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