The unexpected hit us from many directions this year. From the minor (computer in the shop for a week) to the major (death in the family) we’ve overcome them all. With each unexpected event, we learned a lot and remained standing on the other side. Did I mention I learned an awful lot?
The main thing I learned was flexibility.
It’s one of the reasons we homeschool – greater flexibility. That being said, I like to control the flexibility. We enjoy vacationing off season. I call that flexibility. But it’s a very controlled flexibility. What about sick days, or leaving town unexpectedly? Those are NOT controlled flexibility.
How do you handle the uncontrolled flexibility?
1. Build in days for flexibility. Or weeks – I have the whole month of December for flexibility (except for co op classes and a few courses that started late). If we stay on top of things, we can use that time to rest, or get ahead. If we fall behind, school carries on!
2. Remember, not every workbook page NEEDS to be completed. Replace some history chapters with a documentary covering the same information. Curriculum is just a guide. Not the only way to teach that subject matter.
3. Whatever you do – Do NOT stress.
4. Trust God’s plan – not yours.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
What are your tips for Homeschooling through the unexpected?