I grew up in a Baptist/non-denominational home so Lent wasn’t really part of my childhood. It was something I heard about from time to time and friends said it was a misguided practice. But when my family later came to Catholicism, I began to understand why Lent is so meaningful.
Some of my kids easily remember what they learn, while others need a little help, and still others need intensive, daily practice — even for things they learned months ago.
But we’ve found that no matter the extent of the problem, the same principles and activities can help. That’s music to this busy mama’s ears!
I shared recently that we’re focusing on essentials so I can heal, but our homeschool routine hasn’t supported this goal very well! My husband wants me to keep teacher-time within our morning block. That way, I have the full afternoon for a balance of work and rest.
We spent many years trying to preserve Advent, but we always ended up with a problem: by the time we were ready to start celebrating, everyone else was tossing their Christmas trees to the curb!
It made for a depressing season.
A few years ago, we set out to solve this problem. It took some trial and error, but we now preserve Advent and important cultural traditions — all while staying sane.
When you’re homeschooling with chronic illness, everyone says to use read-alouds, videos, and your children’s interests to get through the school day. It’s similar to the idea that “the best curriculum is the one that gets done.”
But as a chronically ill homeschooling mom, I want to push back on that advice; because we can give our children a deeper, richer education.
While most of the world turned upside down in March, we were headed that way last September. With crises in our immediate and extended family, worsening health in myself and one of our children, an evacuation due to near-riots, and everything else #2020, our homeschool has really suffered.
But math has been one of my main worries.