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Note: I’m giving this advice based solely on my personal experience homeschooling with a chronic illness. We are fortunate to live in Michigan where there are no homeschool laws regarding testing or reporting anything to the state. You know yourself and your kids best.

Or in my case, several chronic illnesses.

The biggest thing is to give yourself grace. If you need to rest, rest.

When making a plan for your homeschool year remember that you don’t HAVE TO stick to the plan every day, every hour, etc. Making a plan will give you a sense of structure, but you don’t need to adhere to it. I think it’s most important to set goals and a vision for your homeschool. And a lot of playing it by ear. You can’t possibly schedule flares or when you’ll need to just stop, and that’s okay. Remember: grace. Your children will benefit more if you don’t push yourself and end up needing to be in bed for a week. Homeschooling isn’t a race. This isn’t about getting everything done every day in an 8 hour period of time.

© Jennifer Miller

Making a plan

One type of planning I’m going to use this school year is Loop Scheduling and I think it’s a really good plan for us spoonies because you just pick up where you left off with the list.  For example if you loop history and science (which is what we’re doing) you would set your schedule something like this:

  • science – chapter 1
  • history – chapter 1
  • science – chapter 2
  • history – chapter 2
  • science – lab
  • history – quiz

and etc. Once you’ve finished one thing you move onto the next. You don’t have to do it every single day. You could schedule science twice a week and history twice a week.  If you need to skip something then you can just pick up where you left off. Again, this isn’t a race. For our other subjects we’ll likely be doing language arts & math everyday. My daughter has Dyscalculia and I’m trying to get the basics of math down every day, but some days she needs a break. It’s all about being flexible and realistic.

I’m thankful that my daughter is old enough to do a lot of school work on her own which gives me time to rest and adjust our plan as needed. And pray. A LOT. 😉

© Jennifer Miller

Grace, mama, lots of grace.

Along with giving ourselves grace we need to give our kids grace. Not every day is going to be a cakewalk. There are days my daughter is having serious PMS and we will do less or skip school for that day. And that’s OKAY. I want her to know that I care about how she feels – whatever it may be. Homeschooling is about character and raising a child in the way s/he should go and not just academics. It’s a work of heart.

Allow bad days. Allow getting off topic. Allow tons of laughter. Allow scrapping a plan and making a new one. Allow admitting a poor curriculum choice. Allow starting over. Allow grace.

Are you dealing with a chronic illness and homeschooling? I’d love to hear what works for you!

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