In the last 5 years, I’ve been bedridden off and on from mold and chemicals.
Here are some ideas for homeschooling through being bedridden with chronic illness, starting with the obvious idea:
- Do school on your bed or couch. Have your children bring you books.
- Have a table by your bed with all your planning materials on it, as well as pencils, scissors, etc.
- Try a box for books (with spines upright so you can see them) and papers or files by your bed.
- Try to plan school and/or do school when you are at your best mentally.
- If you are even too fatigued to read out loud, have your older children read to your younger ones.
- Have your children grade each other’s papers (when you have a clear teacher’s key for them to do it. Of course this works better when they are older. )
- “Let go” of doing “everything.” Your children will learn.
- Realize that most homeschool programs are pretty advanced. It is also easier to tutor a few children than to teach a whole classroom, so know you don’t have to review just because the book says so. Only review if your child needs it.
- Hand-in-hand with #7 & #8: ask God where to prioritize your energy.
- Ask for help. Maybe a neighbor would love to read history to your children. Maybe a friend from church could grade your children’s essays. Maybe a relative can take over some of the schooling. Ask God for ideas.
- Let older children do projects on their own or on a TV tray in your room (so you can enjoy watching).
- Ask God for strength.
- Study your children’s learning styles and optimize them. For instance, two of my children are extremely auditory, so we use a lot of CDs with songs on them, like the Troxel’s States and Capitals CD Kit: States and Capitals Kit
- Even if your children are not auditory learners, learning CDs can be great. Most children love music and learn through it.
- Make good use of learning DVDs. Here are some of our favorites: Sonlight science DVD Sonlight math DVDs Leapfrog Learning DVDs
- If you have the financial resources, consider a complete online or video program for schooling if you are really exhausted.
- Do not let others tell you what you “should” do, unless after considering their ideas, you feel their ideas coincide with what God is telling you. (How to know? I suggest looking up George Mueller for advice on knowing the will of God. There are other excellent studies on this as well.)
- Remember that when your children help you in your illness, they are learning love and compassion and seeing the needs of others.
- Remember that God loves your children more than you do.
- Remember that if God calls you to homeschool, He will help you do it.
Have you ever homeschooled from bed?
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