Homeschooling when you are not homeschooling

by Joanne
(Far north Queensland, Australia)

I thought I might share the shape of our days at the moment, especially because one of the most important parts of homeschooling is the way it fits around the ebb and flow of life. Just currently I have experienced a personal medical trauma that will continue to require a period of bed rest and my husband is of necessity off work to care for me and our children.

So our current schedule is that each child comes to my bedroom in the morning and talks to me about what they think is the most important "school" things for them to work on that morning.

For one child that might keeping up with their online maths program and revising spelling words in preparation for naplan. For another it could be working on their science project, and for another reading a favourite poetry book aloud to me. The younger two are entertaining themsleves for the most part, using flashcards and dominoes to teach all their teddies. The rest of the day is being spent helping Dad, doing most of the chores that I would normally do, preparing meals and helping with yard work and a few projects in the shed.

This is such a contrast to our largely, tightly scheduled days, but I can see that it is a positive thing for this particular time of our lives, and it is of great comfort to me, to be surrounded by my family during my recovery. And though the learning looks a lot different to our normal school days, there is no doubt a significant amount of learning happening.

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May 09, 2012
Well adjusted children!
by: Nicola

Hi Joanne, your children sound like they are adaptable, kind and helpful. Well done, training them up this way! They also sound like very independent learners. I hope you are feeling much better. Nicola

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