You have your homeschool plans all laid out. You know what they day will entail, and are ready to go. And then…. life happens.
- Family emergency
- Kids get sick
- Power goes out
- Water leak
- Roof leak
- Heat pump goes kaput
- Mom gets sick
You know… life. When life happens school oftentimes still needs to go on. But how? Most if not all of these require attention from mom. They require us to rearrange our days and our schedules. They are genuine reasons to STOP homeschooling for the day.
But, we don’t have to. How? Utilize Plan B in your homeschool.
What is Plan B Homeschooling?
Plan B homeschooling is a way to get school done even when life happens. You know we all have our best-laid plans, but then they go awry we use Plan B right? We can do the same thing in our homeschools.
Why Plan B Homeschooling?
All of the above-mentioned situations? They happened to us in a months time. Seriously. Had I not had a plan b ready to go we wouldn’t have accomplished school at all. Here’s the thing, life will happen. Kids (and mom) will get sick. Family members will need us. Utilities will fail, home maintenance will need to happen, and sometimes plan b homeschooling can be a life saver.
What does Plan B Homeschooling Look Like?
That depends on. For us, Plan B homeschooling is a basket of educational books. It’s board games that the kids can play on their own. It’s a math program on the computer. It’s educational apps that teach states and capitals, math facts, grammar, and history. Plan B homeschooling can be workbooks that we only bring out when we have to or a backup curriculum that can be done completely independently.
Plan B homeschooling is flexible.
How do I utilize Plan B Homeschooling?
So, you want to have a Plan B ready for your homeschool? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Find educational apps that fit your child’s grade and learning needs. Download them onto your child’s tablet or your own tablet.
- Gather workbooks for your child’s grade level. These can be found at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Bookstores, or online.
- Have a basket or bookshelf set aside full of educational books. Find topics that your child likes, and that are high-quality literature.
Having a few things ready in advance will help you and your child be ready when life happens and plan b homeschooling needs to be implemented. Plan B homeschooling will look different in every homeschool. And sometimes when life happens we will actually need to STOP school. But, in other situations school can go with us, school can go on, and this can happen because we are prepared with Plan B!
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom to three active kids. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.