Change. It can come about for serious or not-so-serious reasons… but change is one of the best things about homeschooling.
The serious times:
Things seem to be running smoothly, when suddenly Mom (that’s me!) needs to spend the last months of pregnancy on complete bed rest. So we change our routine and do a lot more reading and snuggling. This has happened twice now… and somehow everyone managed to keep learning from their books. More importantly, we all learned that we can support each other through some pretty tough times.
My mom was in a serious car accident last summer. It took a lot of creativity and patience, but we changed things around here so I could travel out to help her. The older girls took on a lot of extra responsibility for household tasks and for their school work. Our youngest daughter and I were able to be with my mom for about a month.
And then there are the not-so-serious changes:
The spelling curriculum that worked perfectly for our oldest daughter is nothing but frustrating for the second girl. We’re free to change course and find something that fits her.
There have been times when just the mention of ‘math’ causes stress. No problem! We can take a break, change things around, play some games, and not worry about getting through that workbook on anyone else’s schedule.
And, now that spring is here, it’s nice to have a change of scenery. We’ve started gardening again, and the climbing tree has become a favorite reading spot once more.
All these changes make homeschooling a challenge and a joy. I wouldn’t change it for the world!