Someone recently asked me if my children are keeping up with their education during the difficult times we are facing.
“Of course!” I replied.

But that was the short answer.

Here’s the LONG and the SHORT of how we do homeschooling during difficult times:

 

HOMESCHOOLING DURING DIFFICULT TIMES

 

THE LONG

 

It is interesting to observe which daily activities qualify for traditional “school subjects”, as well as other subjects that aren’t always included in a formal school setting.
The following activities fall under a variety of subjects, including Reading, Writing, Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Life Skills, Home Economics, Social Skills, and more.
Without further ado, here’s a peek into a week-in-the-life of our family as we homeschool during difficult times:

 

CREATIVE FUN

 

* photography (art, nature)
* everyone practiced piano (art, creativity, music, emotional health)
* children practiced songs for upcoming choir concert (music, social)
* daughter practiced sketching wedding dresses (art, creativity, emotional health)
* son listened to encouraging music while designing with Legos (emotional health, engineering, math)
* girls orchestrated and practiced a dance for their upcoming Shakespeare play (art, physical education)
* daughter spent hours typing historical fiction book (writing, typing, research, history, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, character development, historical accuracy, creativity)  

 

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FAMILY FUN

* stayed up late laughing and talking (social, emotional health)
* children spent hours molding clay (arts and crafts, emotional health, creativity)
* family played Cadoo, Pit, and Aggravation (social skills, logic, emotional health)
* looked through family scrapbooks together as a family (social, emotional health)
* watched Hallmark Channel and funny videos on Facebook (“recess” 🙂 , emotional health)
cadoo

LEARNING AS WE GO

* family discussed genetics (science)
* discussed current events (life skills)
* wrote in our journals (writing, history)
* family watched science video (science)
* children had tutored math lessons (math, logic)
* family discussed Isaac Newton (science, history)

 

 

Newton’s Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist

 

* daughter studied for her driver’s permit (life skills)
* daughter spent hours on Google earth (geography)
* son designed working catapult with Legos (engineering, science)
* daughter read book to brother for hours on end (reading, social, emotional health)
* son researched Alcatraz and then designed it using Legos (research, history, engineering)
* family spent hours reading individually (reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension)

* daughter spent hours typing historical fiction book (writing, typing, research, history, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, character development, historical accuracy, creativity)

* daughter began reading one of mom’s library books and proclaimed, “Mom, this book about the life of William Wilberforce by Eric Metaxas is SO fascinating. I love reading it!” (reading, history, life-long learning)

 

 

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Fablehaven Series

 

 

NATURE

* children spent time running barefoot in the grass (physical education, emotional health, nature
* children played with ladybugs and potato bugs while weeding the yard (science, nature, emotional health)
* horseback riding (nature, animal science, emotional health)

 

Ladybug

 

 

 

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

* son played basketball
* caught up on our sleep (physical and emotional health)
* shared lots of hugs and “I love yous” (life skill, emotional health)
* talked about how current events are making us feel (emotional health, life skills)
* child apologized for causing contention (social skills, life skills, emotional health)
* child practiced emotional regulation while working on a subject they don’t enjoy (social skills, emotional skills)
* practiced A LOT of emotional regulating while being stuck indoors for extended periods of time (life skills, emotional skills, survival skills 😅 )

 

 

SERVICE TO OTHERS

* connected with friends and neighbors to share needed items (social, ministering)
* son made phone calls in an effort to fix bike tires (social, life skills, communication)
* one daughter wrote an encouraging note to a friend (writing, art, service, ministering, emotional health)
* another daughter called elderly neighbors to make sure they are doing okay (social, service, ministering, communication)

 

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Colored Pens

 

 

SPIRITUAL LEARNING

* counted our blessings (spiritual, emotional health)
* family scripture study (spiritual health, discussion, debate, emotional health)
* reflected on the state of our Country and world, and in He in whom we put our trust (history, spiritual, emotional health)

 

 

Thanks

 

 

TAKING CARE OF HOME

* pulled out the canner to can beans (home economics)
* children made meals (home economics, life skills, math)
* daughter organized recipe book (home economics, cooking)
* trouble-shooted a dryer that is not working properly (life skills)
* daughter decorated the house for Easter (home economics, creativity)
* daughter deep-cleaned and organized kitchen (home economics, life skills)
* FINALLY put away our holiday decorations (organization, life skill, mom’s emotional health 😂 )
* family completed chores and spent afternoon deep cleaning one room each (organization, life skills)

 

Easter-decor

 

Here’s the SHORT version:

 

THE SHORT
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 Stars)

(Happy Home, Happy Hearts)

 

 

I’m a firm believer that a child’s education can not only survive, but thrive, during difficult times—whatever they may be.

 

Becoming a life-long learner is a habit that can be developed from an early age; it is a habit that will reap tremendous rewards for your child as they put forth a daily effort to be curious, try new things, and explore the world around them.

 

Homeschooling during the difficult times does present certain challenges, but none so large and looming that learning and creativity can’t take place.

 

So get ready, Mamas! Your children just might surprise you with what they’ll learn today!

 

 

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