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major health struggles
- get a day planner and use it to write everything you DID do. Not what you plan to do, only write in the things you actually do.
- look into notebooking (it's simple, easy, and kids usually like it)
- look into lapbooking (it's easy, but will require more of your guidance along the way)
- read. Yep, just read, lots of books from a variety of genres (non-fiction offers a TON of options, and fiction is good too. Read classics like: The Wizzard of Oz, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) Every time you read a book to them, or they read a book, have you children fill out a notebooking page, or do a lapbook about the book, or simply write a mini book report on it. Depending on the child's age, you could have older kids write full book reports.
- Keep up with a math workbook. It doesn't need to be fancy, Sylvan has some fun workbooks that would help the kids at the very least maintain their math skills.
- Look into online learning games, there are many free options out there. The free options do not often offer you a way to track learning though, which you will need to know what they are learning if you choose online. You can use the free online learning games as fun special a couple times a week. If you have a real computer learner, try JumpStart learning computer games, they are an inexpensive way to see if you want to do online learning.
- There are tons of free downloads for educational items, find ones that fit your families learning style and print a bunch off. Have weekly folders or a binder with tabs for the kids and label Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and put each days work in the proper places. Teach kids to become self-starters by allowing them to do their daily work after breakfast. Once you create the routine you will be surprised at how automatic it will become. I remember being shocked to find two of my kids sitting at the table doing school work one morning. A pleasant surprise for sure!
- Allow yourself nap times. If all of your children are too young for you to rest while they play, then take full advantage when your spouse gets home and go rest then. It was hard for me to rest when my kids were younger, but now that my older daughter is old enough to be in charge, I find that the resting time is so important in the healing process.