Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Emergency Homeschool Plan or How To Homeschool Through A Mess or Chronic Illness

  1. a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.
    "159 people died in the disaster"
    synonyms:catastrophecalamitycataclysmtragedy, act of God, holocaust;
    "a subway disaster"
    • denoting a genre of films that use natural or accidental catastrophe as the mainspring of plot and setting.
      modifier noun: disaster
      "a disaster movie"
    • an event or fact that has unfortunate consequences.
      "a string of personal disasters"

      synonyms:misfortunemishapmisadventuremischancesetbackreversal, stroke of bad luck, blow
      "a string of personal disasters"

      Ever had one of these???

What happens when disaster strikes??  Back when Hurricane Katrina went through, Ambleside Online made an emergency plan with FREE resources and some really great advice for ANYONE who is homeschooling through a rough patch.  It has curriculum suggestions and ideas to keep life moving forward.... even when you've lost everything.  The kids can read on their own and make it real simple for you.

Ambleside Online HELP

Here's a great article from Renee over at Homeschool How To's that worth a read:

Tips for Homeschooling with FEW or NO RESOURCES

Here's some of my suggestions based on stuff that's happened to us:

First let me say that there's an old saying among pioneer homeschoolers - all you need is a math book and a library card...I agree.  You can get the math book from my FREE Vintage Education tab above.  Don't let the old texts scare ya..Math hasn't changed...as a matter of fact the last update was Calculus and that was almost 500 years ago so....    1+1=2 has been around for well, forever!

1.  Only do the 3 R's -  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic     You can pull this from ANY book you have.  For ideas see Renee's tips above
2.  Use internet linked websites and FREE curriculum - I don't think you need curriculum but..

        Ambleside Online HELP - This is the emergency homeschooling page
        Easy Peasy Homeschool
        Everything Homeschooling
        Kahn Academy - CAUTION.. common core!
       Old Fashioned Education
        Use my FREE - Vintage Education

3.  Use Internet linked Unit Studies

        Amanda Bennett Unit Studies - Load these up on the Ipad
        The Simple Homeschool

4.  Stream or Get Educational Videos
        Youtube Education
        Use Your Local Library

5.  Play Games and Online Math Games

        Sheppard Software
          Math Playground
         Mr. Nussbaum
        Apps on your phone or Ipad
        Really most kids board & card games involved math of some sort

6.  Let them do Retail Learning

         Use grocery shopping to learn:

                         -weight  -  oz's, LB  (there is a scale in the veggie department)
                         -value  - price per oz
                         -find colors, numbers etc
                         -percentage - 20% off coupons and such
                         -budget shopping- give them the money and the list and see if they can get                              all that's on the list
            you get the idea....

6.  Read...just Read
        Use Your Local Library
         Find books:
                              Internet Archive
                              Google Books

7.  Books on Tape

          Use Your Local Library

           Find Books:
                              Sparkle Stories - not free but super sweet stories for the younger crowd.  You can get it for $1 the first month by using the code SPARKLEFRIENDS

8.  Strew Ideas by website

             Strewing means to leave stuff laying around so the kids discover it but in this case  
              you can leave it up on your computer so they can see it 
            The Kids Should See This

9.  Emergency Food Plan
               My Blog Post On Emergency Food Plan

Sometimes whatever is going on in your life IS the curriculum...and the lesson... so don't be hard on yourself.  Kids will learn in spite of what's going on...that's just the way God made them!  So let them see you filled with God's presence and peace so they can learn to have  "the peace that passes all understanding"  Phil. 4:7

A great book to have during hard times is  God's Promises For Your Every Need

Remember that this too shall pass....

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