The great thing about homeschooling is a flexible schedule that allows you to do what you need to do, when you need to do it, without having to worry about exactly when you start and end your school day.
The not-so-great thing about homeschooling is a flexible schedule that can occasionally get away from you if you aren’t paying attention. For example, a family emergency can throw your homeschooling schedule for a real loop—especially if it’s the kind of emergency that takes up a lot of your time and resources.
Luckily, there are ways to get back ont rack—and to stay on track even when you’re in the midst of the chaos.
First, keep your children on schedule as much as possible. Even if you don’t have time to come up with new and exciting ideas, you probably have something that they can work on: their normal curriculum, an online lesson or two, or something else that will keep them appropriately busy. Keep them working as much as you can. Not only will it benefit your homeschooling routine in the long run, but it will help keep them feeling much more normal in spite of the chaos that may be taking place around them.
Prioritize. Some days, homeschooling is just going to have to take a back seat—and remember, you’ll have time to make it up later. You may have to sacrifice a few vacation days down the road, but if that’s what it takes to successfully handle the situation you’re in now, it will be well worth it.
Don’t overstress yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Your lesson plans during a difficult and trying time don’t have to be new and exciting; they just have to happen. Sure, having your child read a passage from a book might not be as interesting or engaging as your normal plan, but at least they’ll still be learning.
Delegate. Is there someone else who could take over with the kids for a day or two, even if it’s just to watch them while you deal with other things? Do you have a friend who loves to design creative and interesting lesson plans? This might be just the time to take them up on their offer to help, even if it means that things won’t always get done the way you would prefer that they be done.