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Homeschooling When Mom is Sick

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When I started homeschooling our children, some 5 years ago, I didn’t take into account that I would get sick. It should have been in the forefront of my mind since I am chronically ill, but it wasn’t something I factored in.

As homeschool mothers we do not have a substitute teachers list we can pull out when we need to spend a day nursing ourselves back to health.

It is often not prudent to have our husbands miss work so he can see to it that the three R’s are covered for the time of our illnesses. Tips for Homeschooling when Mom is Sick and Some Outside the Curriculum Box Ideas

As our children grow it becomes easier for them to be able to be self starters and work more independently, but what about our littles? The ones who need help reading through their chapter books for the day. The ones who need attention while working through their addition facts?

What do we do then?

Homeschooling When Mom is Sick

It is important that we have a back up plan in place for days such as those. But let’s not over-think this.

I don’t think it is wise for you to expect your children to complete their normal work-load while you are barely able to sit up. It isn’t good for you, and it isn’t good for them.

Let’s face it, you will spend more time arguing and nagging than getting lessons done. Instead, make a folder with fun, easy, worksheets that your children can work through with little to no attention from you.

Your children can easily bring those lessons into your bed and work beside you or they can work through them with your husband when he comes home from work.

I am betting that your children will likely not even realize they are doing school work, because this is so different from their every day lessons.

Here are some easy, fun, printables that you can use with your children when you are sick. Just print off a few copies, put them in a folder, and keep them on hand to use when needed.


FREE Star Wars Themed Handwriting Practice in Manuscript and Cursive

Cookies and Milk Manuscript Handwriting Practice
Hero Girl Themed Handwriting Practice
Hero Boy Themed Handwriting Practice
A Pirates Life Handwriting Practice

Fun Packs:

A Pirates Life Printable Pack fun for Talk Like A Pirate Day and all year round

Apple Picking Fun Pack
A Pirates Life Fun Pack
Hero Themed Fun Pack
Great Outdoors Fun Pack
TMNT Themed Fun Pack

Coloring, Copywork, and More:

Capuchin Copywork is fun for any grade and available now

Facts about the Animals in the Great Outdoors Color and Copywork
Frog Facts Color and Copywork
Dog Facts Color and Copywork
Dr Seuss Quotes Copywork
Dinosaurs Copywork
Mother Goose Coloring Pages
Valentines Day Puzzles, Mazes, and More

Writing Prompts and Story Starters:

Monster Stories Writing Prompts-1

Minecraft Themed Story Starters Vol. 1
Minecraft Themed Story Starters Vol. 2
Types of Birds

Encouragement for YOU, mom!!

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