Saturday, October 7, 2017

Homeschooling During Sickness

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In a homeschooling family, there are days-- or weeks-- that are less than ideal, and we just so happen to be in the midst of such a time this past week.

The great thing about homeschooling is that learning can even happen in our pajamas, if need be. (Not my personal preference, though I know several people love homeschooling that way.) 

During this week of coughing and sneezing, we have been able to at least complete the bare minimums, but then also added a few things to fill in the time when we're all feeling pretty icky.

When mom and the kids are feeling sick and can't do much, we can supplement with audiobook listening, and a few extra science and history videos. 

When Mom is too sick to read loud, audiobooks can be life-savers!

Here are a few favorites we have enjoyed listening to or viewing together over the years:

Favorite Audiobooks

Favorite YouTube Learning Channels and Videos

Gathering Time

Below is the list of things we did in our daily homeschool Gathering Time for everyone yesterday. We don't always accomplish these things every day, but it is so good to have a list to follow and a goal to aim for.

(Find the full document below on Google Drive at this link.)

  1. Gathering Time
    1. Prayer
    2. Scripture Recitation and Memorizing: 2 Nephi 2:27
      1. “Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.”
    3. Copy Work: 2 Nephi 2:27
      1. Penmanship practice can be done during the scripture story reading and the music listening below.
      1. Pgs. 20-21: “The Nephites Separate from the Lamanites”
      1. Choose one or two pieces to play while the children finish up their handwriting.
      1. We have decided to read one section at a time of this epic poem.
      2. Paintings for visual reference during the reading:
  2. Read Aloud or Audiobook
    1. Little Men

During the time when we listen to audiobooks, the kids can color, draw, build with LEGO pieces, embroider, knit, crochet, or other crafting. 

My three year old LOVES coloring! I am pretty impressed with how well she does for her age.

As for me, I have made some real progress on a quilt I've been working on for years-- I actually finished hand-stitching the binding just this week! And yesterday I made a apron for a former Shakespeare student of mine who got married. It honestly helps my sense of well-being to accomplish some little things when I'm sick and can't do as much physically as I'd like to.

What is happening in your homes this October? Are the weather and the leaves changing where you live? How are you preparing for winter and the upcoming holidays?

I wish you all the best in your homemaking and teaching efforts this week.

Mama Rachel


  1. Hi Rachael Your post today got me thinking. Because your kids are homeschooled, and exposed less to other kids, do they have less colds and other crud? How about the other homeschooled kids? I was thinking about measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Yes, I do know there are vaccines for those now.

    1. Hi Kristine!

      I do think that my kids get sick less often than some of their public-schooled friends, though they do still get sick, now and then. (We do attend church each week, so they are usually exposed there.) We have also attended homeschool group activities, and they get exposed there, too.

      We don't go to the doctor very often, and none of my kids have had measles, mumps, or chicken pox thus far. :-)


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