Why homeschool? Home is a healthier place to school!

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Why homeschool? Home is a healthier place to school!

We continue our series on why you should consider homeschooling your children!  In this Heart of Dakota post, we explore homeschooling as a healthier place for children to be schooled.

Home is a healthier place to school children because there are less germs!

Schools have closed down due to more than a third of the children being too sick to attend. Influenza A, influenza B, and strep throat have forced schools to close their doors and send children home. Schools certainly try to stay on top of the spreading of germs as much as possible! However, it is a difficult task with so many children all using the same small classrooms and restrooms. Antibacterial germicide was even listed on the necessary list of school supplies. However, when one child ate the germicide and was hospitalized, it was removed from the list and banned from local schools. In contrast, the home is a healthier place to school children. It is smaller, easier to clean, and has fewer people to pass germs among. Where are children sent when the school is full of sickness? Home. Why? It is simply a healthier place to be.

Home is a healthier place to school children because allergies can be taken into consideration!

Our son is deathly allergic to fish. I know children who are allergic to peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat. To say it is a challenge to feed them is an understatement. I also know children allergic to cats and dogs. Pet dander clings to sweatshirts, coats, and hats, so it easily finds its way into classrooms. One would think opening the windows to air out the classroom would be a good idea! However, what about the children with bee allergies or with outdoor allergies? Tree pollen in the spring, grass and weed pollen in the summer, and ragweed pollen in the fall all make certain children stay indoors. But then again, mold and dust mites thrive indoors and love carpet, pillows, and blankets, which in turn brings us to lice. Hmmm. This is why home is a healthier place to school children. Individual allergies can be taken into consideration!

Home is a healthier place to school children because clothes can be changed and recess can be moved in response to the weather!

Weather tends to change. What makes sense to wear in the morning often doesn’t make as much sense to wear in the afternoon. Likewise, recess for 15 minutes at 11 AM and 1 PM  might not be the best time to venture outside.  I sometimes see my children change clothes 3 different times during our homeschool day. They might start out in shorts, change to t-shirts and jeans, and then throw on sweatshirts and athletic pants. Likewise, we may move recess earlier if snow is coming, or later if snow is coming (no, that is not a typo). Certain kinds of snow are perfect for building snowmen and forts. Other kinds are best viewed looking out a window from the warmth of the home! In homeschooling, clothes can be changed and recess can be moved, which just makes home a healthier place to be.

In Christ,

Julie

Homeschooling Multiple Children During a Health Crisis

Dear Carrie,

We’ve loved homeschooling with Heart of Dakota for years now, but my second son was recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic. I feel we are in a health crisis right now, and I have multiple children My oldest is 9 years old and works fairly independently in Preparing. I’d like to keep him moving forward, as he is doing so well and is loving his year. Our 8 year old son (diabetic) is on unit 15 of Bigger. In attempting to start my 5 year old in Little Hearts…, I’m overwhelmed. I also have a 2 year old. I feel they are each placed correctly. But, a lot of my time is now spent managing my son’s blood sugar, preparing meals, and such. Even though we truly enjoy Heart of Dakota, I’m struggling. What should I do? Thanks in advance for your advice!

Sincerely,

“In a Health Crisis Mom of 4”

Dear “In a Health Crisis Mom of 4,”

A diabetes Type 1 diagnosis is a big life change, and you have to give yourself a chance to adjust! My grandpa and father had diabetes later in life, and my nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 when at 14. So, I can glimpse a little bit of the adjustments you are currently going through. I also see that you have a two-year old at your house, so you are one busy momma!!

Your 10 year old son can keep moving forward in Preparing Hearts.

Thank you for sharing about each of your children!  It sounds like you’ve placed them well.  I agree that it makes good sense to keep your Preparing Hearts child moving forward. That child is more independent and the routine of doing the guide consistently will continue to be good for him.

Your 5 year old has several good options to slow down the pace in Little Hearts.

Your 5 year old can definitely slow down the pace and wait to do Little Hearts… full-speed. You can downsize to doing phonics, math, handwriting, and the Rod and Staff workbooks from Little Hearts daily. Or, if you prefer, you can do Little Heart’s two-page plans half-speed. This can be as simple as doing the left side one day and the right side the next day. Either way, this would get your school time down to about 45 minutes a day for your kindergarten child. I did find with a couple of my own boys that doing Little Hearts half-speed worked for us for a season. It kept things changing and fresh too. I felt like I was still moving forward and had the option of going to full-speed whenever I was ready.

Your 8 year old can slow down the pace to half-speed in Bigger Hearts until you both adjust.

For your Bigger Hearts child, you can definitely shift down to half-speed for a time. This will help as you adjust to the new medical needs at your house. You may even find that slowing down will help your Bigger Hearts child produce more careful work. As you adjust a bit, you can slowly move your Bigger Hearts child up to full-speed. You can just keep your 5 year old at half-speed for the rest of this school year.

Slow steady progress is still progress forward!

Take heart that even slow, steady progress forward is still progress! It is amazing how much you can get done through the years if you just keep slowly moving forward. That has been my encouragement through the years, and I hope it can be yours as well!

Blessings,

Carrie