The following is a post from contributing writer Stef.
About this time of year usually someone is sick–often me first. Naturally it gets passed around and homeschool finds it’s way to the back burner as I wave the white flag and claim “grace days.” Planning ahead grace days will help if winter sickness makes it’s rounds in your homeschool.
Grace days are those wonderful days when I forget the schedule and lesson plans. I have no guilt about letting everything collect dust while my family rests.
For the first few years we homeschooled, I acted like my homeschool schedule was far more important than my children’s health. I know from experience not to push unhealthy children to a table and tell them to get math done and then go back to bed.
Rather than open textbooks and start writing assignments, we watch documentaries and extra educational videos. This helps while older (healthy) child work through independent work.
Try offering crossword puzzle books, Mad Libs, or a new sketch pad to a sick child while you finish school with your healthy children.
You can still get in a little unschooling while you’re homeschooling the sick. But most importantly ~ offer grace. Grace for yourself that you are not behind schedule nor a failure, and grace to your children who need it most now.
Offering grace is the best homeschool lesson we can ever give our children!
If you’re like me, wildly type A, plan a few grace days into your schedule at the beginning of the year, and you should not feel overwhelmed when you need them.