Some folks wonder what happens to the homeschooling when mom is sick. Well, since yours truly is going through one such phase right now, typing from my bed, I decided to write a post about it. ;)
ok, when we send our children to school, school will still keep going if the teacher is sick. They will call for a substitute teacher to come in to take the class. If they didn't, chaos will reign!
Over our 14 years of homeschooling, there have been times when I have been taken out of action due to illness: like the times I suffered from severe morning sickness for 3 - 4 week stretches, or the times after giving birth, or like now, when I throw out my weak back.
Yesterday afternoon, I was carrying the 2 year old onto the toilet when I sprained my back. I was carrying her in an awkward position and put too much strain on my lower lumbar. I felt a shifting of my spine and I ended up on my knees, supporting the weight of my upper body on the toilet seat and the sink. I yelled for help. Thankfully my hubby was around, and all the children helped to get me onto a chair. I almost blacked out at that point. After I regained some composure, they moved me to the bed. I cannot sit up or walk. Sneezing is a torture that sends shockwaves of pain at my spine. This morning I brushed my teeth in bed.
Thank God, my husband is off work today and can be around. Thank God, too, now the older kids are older and can do much more to help. This morning, they made scrambled eggs for my breakfast in bed. DS 4 (8 yrs old) was so worried that he broke down in tears and prayed for me. I told him thank you for praying for me to get well, but i know that with a few days of rest, God will help my back to recover. Pray rather for us to be able to go through this time well and for himself when he is afraid. It is a wonderful time for him to draw closer to God and lean upon Him for comfort. The 2 year old does her part by sayang-ing me, stroking my face. :)
It's more like a holiday for me, actually. :p
Ok, what if you don't have older children and your husband can't be around?
1) get help if the kids are really really small and you are alone.
2) school can go on half load. We know we can't call off school because, well, chaos will reign. But just go at a more relaxed pace than usual. Give the kids more desk work that they can do quietly by themselves. (ACE is a curriculum that allows this anyway.) Or teach from your bed when you are up to it.
3) It is a great time for your children to take the turn of looking after you. Let your needs be known to them and they will feel so happy to be able to help mommy for a change.
Many homeschool mommies will say the same. ;)
Will the children lose a lot of time and have to catch up on their school work? Don't worry, be flexible. The schooling goals can be re-worked. The family needs must take priority over the school work. That's how homeschooling is. Our homeschool has had many halts and re-starts due to times I've been out of action or camps and holidays. The children still manage to be "educated" somehow. ;)
Happy homeschooling! :D