Perhaps their own illness, or perhaps physical limitations which prevent them doing a lot, or going outdoors. Perhaps a child has difficulties that limit your activities and schooling, due to hours spend in therapy or appointments.
I wanted to encourage you. You are not alone. There are others of us here, and I hope we can support each other. One of the reasons that I hardly blog anymore is that in dealing with illness, and homeschooling and managing a home, I leave all my time to do important things first.
You know, I often think, that especially us Moms who homeschool with illnesses or other difficulties (whether ours or a child's) almost need "permission" to let go a little and to really believe that less is more. I think we beat ourselves up about all that we are not doing, can't do, especially when it appears that others are doing and achieving so much. Then that unnecessary guilt sets in.
|Crafts, in those happy preschool years|
Lately, I have realised that in my family, because I am ill so often, and we just cover the basics at times, with LOTS of read alouds, over and over. But my children need some change in routine.
Because I feel we're behind, there is a temptation to NOT take a break, or change routine, but to just keep slogging. However, just one day of change, or one different activity can give an injection of energy in everyone. Because I do not have much energy and struggle to do fun things like hiking and beach walks, I feel inadequate at times.
But there are small things that we can do. And our attitude matters a lot. We need to pray about this, and ask the Lord to show us what we can do. How can we meet our children's needs. He is faithful. His answer may come in the form of an idea, a chat with a friend, or an offer from someone else to do an exciting thing you are unable to, with your children.
|Reading outside is something my children love to do.|
For example, yesterday I felt that we had got into the rut of just pedalling through the 3 R's. So, the evening before I printed out a blank game board. The kind with blocks, and just a start and end. It was not related to anything we are learning. They had to design a game. I never gave them any equipment or rules, just set them free.
|Intent in creating|
I thought it would fall flat, (things had got that bad around here) but they embraced it, decorated their boards, found their own play pieces and made up rules, although I never told them to. They actually came up with some really cute games, which we then played. It took an hour, and I think it was worth the "academics" lost.
May God bless you where you are on your homeschool journey.