We have been dealing with someone being sick for over a week now, and it’s getting old. I’m very, very thankful that none of us have had anything more serious than croup (Little Man came down with that) so we’ve nicknamed it the *creeping crud* and keep waiting for it to leave the house. Thankfully Sophie and Ken are fine, Bella has an ear infection and a cough, Little Man is almost back to his normal cheerful self and I’m (hopefully!) on the tail end of it.
During the winter months it seems that getting sick is pretty inevitable, and if you are a homeschool family then you know that we homeschool mommas usually try to push through so we can get our school days in and counted! However, I’ve learned the hard way that homeschooling while illness is in the house it can be beneficial to change up the way we homeschool.
* Take a slower approach. Instead of covering all your subjects, pick 3 or 4 and go a little slower. Dig in deeper on a subject you know your kids will enjoy.
* Embrace crafts. If you have a crafty kid, now is a great time to let them get their craft on! We keep a big full of extra papers, beads, feathers, fabric, felt, googly eyes, etc. The girls LOVE when I tell them to grab the craft bin and create. I think free crafting is a great way to let their creativity shine!
* Break out the hands on play. We have kinetic sand and when we pull that out the girls will play for hours with it. We’ve made coral reefs, houses, volcanoes, mountains and deserts. You can dye rice into difference colors for sensory play, use play dough, model magic (our favorite) or clay.
* Take a break. Believe me, I understand about wanting to keep on track and not miss a day, but it can also also be beneficial to step back and take a day off here and there. A major perk of homeschooling is to be flexible!
* Get outside. Fresh air can do wonders for a cold! We go out and sit on the front porch for a few minutes. The girls draw with chalk or play cars. Little man watches the trucks drive by and chases his sisters. Being inside all day can get old – spend 10 minutes outside and it makes a world of difference.
In short – it’s okay to take a day off now and then. It’s okay to switch up your studies, do more art and less math. Homeschooling is all about doing life and school together – so if your life hits a bump, then it makes sense your homeschool will too….and that’s okay!