How We Homeschool When We’re Sick

The past two weeks have been rough. First, I got a stomach bug, then I gave it to my youngest. Around the same time, my oldest caught a cold, which he has since passed on to me. Lovely. Besides being out of it during my 48-hour stomach bug, we have continued to homeschool, just in a different, more relaxed manner.

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Here are some of the things we did:

We kept our daily practice of reading. Either my sun read aloud or I read to them. We mostly read books about Earth Day, which is tomorrow, April 22. We plan to be outside and do some earthy things, of course.

We continued learning to add by 2 and 3. My sun mainly uses a notebook to work out the problems, but we use the large white board, as well. I also give him problems verbally to see if he’s retaining what he’s learning. I want to use more games in the future. Pinterest, take the wheel!

We did a little bit of grammar, too. We’re working on irregular plural nouns at the moment. He likes to point out nouns in the books he reads now, and pretty much wherever he sees them. It’s pretty cool to see that he’s learning.

We’ve been outside as much as possible, so both suns have been digging in the dirt, finding bugs and such. That’s science, right? I hope to have school outside most days, weather permitting.

That’s a glimpse into how we homeschooled while we’ve been under the weather. Hopefully we’ll get back on track next week and can resume our studies outside under the sun. I sure hope so.

Just Five More Minutes

I was about to go to bed when I looked at the basket of clean clothes that was sitting on the living room floor. I looked at the clock, then looked back at the basket of clothes and immediately felt like they could wait until tomorrow. But something told me to dismiss that thought and to fold the clothes. And so I did. It only took me five minutes to fold them. Just five more minutes will save me time and frustration that comes from having to search through baskets of clothes that I tell myself I’ll fold tomorrow. Five more minutes invested tonight will reap much more dividends in the days to come.

It’s important to recognize and act upon these moments. So many times it feels like it’s easier to give up, give in and wait for the next opportunity. I use moments like the one I had tonight as practice for the more challenging moments to come. I have big dreams that I want to come to pass and I know I’ll need to draw upon my experience of having push past what may have appeared to be a mundane task that turned out to be a test to see how much I really want to live the life I’m after. Folding the laundry is not only a lesson of practicing gratitude and abundance (a lot of folks don’t have laundry to think about), but it’s a lesson on doing what it takes to make your future better. Nothing we do is irrelevant and plays a part in who we are and who we will become. If you really think about it, I know you’ll agree.

So, how can you spend the next five minutes to make your days to come better? 

 

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Drop Everything and Say This Right Now

I heard this affirmation this evening and I had to share it with you.

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My goodness. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Tara Brach, a western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening, said this quote while I was listening to a show and I immediately wrote it down. Learning to love every moment, good or bad, is essential for living in each moment you have. I hope this affirmation becomes one of your favorites, as it has mine.

You can learn more about Tara on her website, www.tarabrach.com.

 

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