Homeschool in Hard Times
By Shannon Misner
So, you suddenly find yourself at home with kids out of school for the upcoming weeks. What are you going to do with them? As a homeschooling mom for the past 10 years, let me just say: YOU CAN “SCHOOL” YOUR KIDS AT HOME!
You may think you have to be super patient or be an expert in all subjects in order to teach your kids at home. Let me just tell you… neither of those thoughts are true. There is no one who wants your child to succeed more than you. So I encourage you to use this time to teach your children the subjects you know best or even reclaim your education by learning along with your children!
Do you love to cook? Start cooking classes with your kids!
Do you love to exercise? Start your own “PE” class with your kids and workout together! (A 16 year old daughter who wants to exercise is great accountability for me when I’m all for skipping a day!)
Do you like reading? Get cozy on the couch and read aloud to your kids! Let your kids read aloud to you, write a book report or give a speech about a book.
Want to improve math skills? Review all math facts from subtraction to multiplication to squares to cubes! There are fun songs online you can use to help memorize these.
Want to read the Bible? Start today reading through the Bible together aloud. Let your kids pick their favorite verse and write it out on a 3×5 card to memorize.
Let your older children teach your younger children different subjects that they love.
Practice public speaking. Give your child one word and one minute to come up with three points to make a one minute impromptu speech.
Practice debate. Pick any political topic and assign each child a different side of the argument that they must defend against their sibling.
Learn a new skill. Is there something your child has always wanted to learn to do? At Christmas, Chase wanted a jigsaw to build a skateboard ramp. We gave him a jigsaw and he built that ramp himself. 🙂
Practice penmanship. Have your children write thank you notes to your local, state and federal representatives.
Encourage others. Pick a future holiday and have your kids make themed cards to pass out during that season at local retirement homes.
There is SO MUCH you can do with your kids to teach them while they are “out” of school. Don’t feel overwhelmed. As a parent you really can teach your kids. No, it won’t look exactly like what they would have learned in their classroom at their regular school, but that is ok.
And maybe one day we’ll all be able to look back on this time in our nations’ history and be thankful for the fact that it at least gave us extra time together with our families. ❤️❤️❤️
© 2020 Shannon Misner, Family Disciple Me
I have never been pushed so far outside my comfort zone and for so long. Yet, I learned during my personal ‘Crucible of Starvation and Sleep Deprivation’ that the darkest and coldest valleys provide the greatest opportunity to reinvent ourselves, grow, and move closer to God.
The current coronavirus pandemic is a strategic time to disciple our kids about FEAR! How God’s Word says we should handle fear in our lives, whatever that fear is for each of us.
As the body of Christ, this season is our chance to rise up and live for more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, we can love and help others just like God has loved and helped us.
Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.
It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. So let’s pray today!!!
How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.