We have been homeschooling for 6 years and consider ourselves in “it” for the long haul. I love homeschooling, and feel that it is the BEST option for our children’s education.
However, it has not always been the easiest option. We have homeschooled through a house fire, deaths in the family, job losses, illnesses and many other things that life has thrown our way. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have heard the words, “It would be much easier if you just put the kids in school”. Yet, we have stayed faithful to homeschooling. We have our minds made up that for now, and for the foreseeable future we are a homeschooling family
But, how does one homeschool through life? How have we hung on through the ups and downs through the years?
We made the decision that we were all in. At this time in our lives we are dedicated to homeschooling. We had made this decision BEFORE life got in the way. Deciding that homeschooling was important to our family no matter what happens has helped us stay faithful to homeschooling.
We have learned to relax. Life happens, and our children will inevitably understand that. Sometimes, LIFE is more important than a textbook. When my grandfather was dying, we didn’t worry about hitting the books. We spent time with him and my family. When my husband lost his job, we rearranged our schedules to accommodate him being home during the day. When we had a house fire, we learned to “camper school”. Homeschooling doesn’t have to be “one way”. It can come in many forms, and sometimes just living life can be an education of its own.
We have opted for independent work. Sometimes, our kids just have to learn to work independently. This is the case when I am sick, or am dealing with other obligations. Independent work can happen through a textbook, an online class, a documentary or by reading books. School still happens, I am just not as involved. This works well when I have been sick, on bed rest, or caring for a sick child.
When you homeschool you will deal with many “life” scenarios. This does not mean that you have to throw in the towel. Our children learn so much through life happening. They learn how to handle stress, how to care for other children and a home, how to appreciate and care for the elderly, and how to show others love. These are all things that a textbook CANNOT teach!
I encourage you that when “life” gets in the way of homeschooling that you can keep going. Take a break from the books for a short while, turn on a documentary, or let your children learn from their surroundings. Homeschooling through life can be done, and you can keep faithfully homeschooling.
Have you had to homeschool through “life”? How did you handle it?