You’ve heard of “car homschooling”? We are bed homeschooling, again. Déjà vu.
I’m glad homeschooling is flexible.
I’m am exhausted (very anemic awaiting an iron infusion next week) with heart palpitations, short of breath, and frustration. I appreciate your prayers.
I’m frustrated with my body’s lack of cooperation however I really like bed homeschooling! Prolonged illness involves a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss homeschooling days and it can be fun.
10 Reasons I Enjoy Bed Homeschooling
- A Break – If you have to teach from bed it think of it as nice break from your regular school routine. Attitude counts.
- Time to Read Living Books – As much as we try to read living books often it gets putaside for more workbook type activities. There is just something about being in bed works for reading. I love listening to my boys read aloud. They have only recently began to develop an interest in reading and its great practice.
- Time to Snuggle – Bed homeschool feels more like bedtime stories and snuggling to me and our boys (my 9 and 11 year-olds would be mortified to know I mentioned this but they love it).
- Time to Listen to Audio stories -A good homeschool mom has a stash of recordings ready (from homeschool Radio, CDS, or iPod). Yes, listening to entertaining stories is homeschool. I especially enjoy listening to the Bible from an iPhone app.
- Time for Educational TV – About once a week I search TV shows to tape for after school or sick days. A few favorites; The Learning Channel, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet. Explore science, history, space, tech, sharks, and more.
- Time to Delegate Math – I dislike teaching math. “Honey, its really hard to do long division in bed would you mind?”
- Homeschool in PJs – Isn’t this why you started homeschooling?
- Facebook Time– While the boys are writing spelling or completing workbook assignments I can visit with other moms on Facebook. Face Book support (similar to office water cooler breaks) is a good thing for homeschool moms. Includes encouragement, ideas, praying for one another, hearing others struggles and bearing one another burdens. (I do it from our regular school area too.
- Time to Teach Service – Moms wait on kids 24/7. It is a good thing for them to wait on you occasionally.
- Time to Rejoice – Most importantly, homeschooling during illness is an opportunity to teach our children to wait on God. God promises that hardships can produce patient and unswerving endurance.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. nd this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5
I have had an issue of blood for many years. It is especially bad for my heart.
I’m frustrated because they can’t find the cause of the blood loss. Each transfusion or infusion works great for a few months then slowly downhill until I need another.
Each time trying new supplements, bi-weekly B12 shots, eating super food (daily beet/ kale juice, hemp protien, spirulina). Each time disappointed in my body’s lack of cooperation–“Absorb iron already!”
I’m thankful my hubby is retired and does not hesitate to wash dishes and cook meals (XOXOXXOXO for you Sweetie). I am blessed.