At the beginning of this past school year I somehow had the delusion that I’d have a Pinterest-perfect homeschool. I’d read all the homeschool blogs, the advice articles, the how-to books. I was educated on the matter. I knew the mistakes that most first year homeschoolers made and how to avoid them.
Yes, this first year homeschooling was going to be splendid.
And then….reality check.
Life is messy. Things don’t always go as planned.
This is the final installment on our three day series on homeschooling through crisis. If you haven’t already, you may want to read day one: Should you? and day two: Emergency Relocation and Your Homeschool
It can be difficult to look at the big picture when in the middle of a crisis. Many of us focus on the loss and we struggle to see hope. If you are not careful, this line of thinking can take you to a dark place where you don’t want to go.
I frequently try to remind myself and my children that no matter how bad the situation is:
1- It could always be worse.
2- It is only temporary.
Welcome to part two of our series on homeschooling through crisis.
There are a lot of reasons one might have to pack their homeschool materials up on a moment’s notice. Some positive, such as your family won and all-expenses paid trip to Europe and has to leave right away! However, there are many not so positive reasons as well. Death of a loved one, loss of income, natural disaster, unexpected illness or injury in the family, loss of home, legal troubles, and a wealth of other unexpected and unpleasant reasons might cause your family to have to relocate with only a few days – or even a few hours – to prepare.
In this situation you may decide to leave your homeschool materials behind or you may choose to make room for a few things in your luggage, the choice is up to you. (See part one of this series, Homeschooling Through Crisis: Should you?)
I opted to (more…)
* This is part one of a three part series on homeschooling through crisis. Please keep an eye out for part two: Emergency Relocation and Your Homeschool, as well as part three: Looking to the Future. *
Living is a messy business and even those who seem to have it all together can loose everything they have worked hard for, in an instant. I recently found myself and my family in such a life altering situation. Due to reasons beyond my control I had to pack up myself and my children, and on only a few days notice move half way across the country to stay with my mother-in-law. (more…)