My mother got very ill last year. She was hospitalized with congestive heart failure and it took her several weeks to recover enough just to get back to doing her daily tasks. After that she suffered a mini stroke. Believe me, taking her to the hospital and for testing were not in my "plans." I improvised as best I could. I took a back pack full of school activities and did them at the hospital with Gess. When mom had an exploratory surgery, we did lessons in the waiting room.
Even packing all those books around with us, I didn't get everything done I wanted to do that week. Sometimes that is OK. Having put two boys through public school I can assure you they never completed a text book either. There were days they watched movies and days they played more. No where, not even in a brick and mortar school does everything go as planned.
Sometimes we don't get through our lessons because Gess isn't grasping the material as quickly as I planned. That is OK too. The best part of homeschooling is that you can stay on a topic until your child masters it. It is better staying for awhile on something even though you didn't "plan" to take that long than it is to move on and have your child struggle because they completely missed the concept.
Flexibility is important in life, not just school. I heard one Christian author say our biggest source of doubt, fear and failure are due to 2 things. Unrealistic expectations and misplaced dependency. When we expect school to always be perfect, we are going to be disappointed. When we rely on our planning and our own personal power to teach, we are going to be let down. Place your reliance on God and allow that things don't always go as planned.
There is one trick that I have used to help me personally "feel better" when I can't get everything in during school due to being pulled away by other important needs like my mom's health. I have decided that paying for an online curriculum is a great back up to have. If Gess can go and do a few lessons in language arts and math then at least I know she got some core work done for the day. Even if it wasn't planned!
Tomorrow I will share about the importance of classroom setup. In the meantime be sure to check out these other 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials blogs.
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