Homeschooling {or not} During Times of Crisis

Wednesday morning, all was normal. I was sitting behind an observation window, chatting and drinking iced coffee with my sister Hannah while our girls tumbled and jumped at their gymnastics lesson. I received a startling phone call that Peter’s mom had several strokes that morning and was now in the hospital. After an extremely high risk surgery, she is still recovering in the ICU tonight.

I have to tell you, that after a week like this, I am all the more thankful that we homeschool our kids. School schedule is never a thought during a crisis. Learning is a lifestyle and┬ánot an artificial time slot we need to worry about making the kids fill. I’m not stressing about whether we’ll get lessons done today or tomorrow. They’ll get done. We’ll do their math when we are ready. We have all day or all week if we need it.

We took the kids to Woodneck Beach today in Falmouth, MA. So peaceful and beautiful.

We took the kids to Woodneck Beach today in Falmouth, MA. So peaceful and beautiful.

Homeschooling has allowed us to really be “all there” in a family emergency. Yes, by the end of the year I am ready to pack all of our books away and never ever look at them again, but in so many ways, homeschooling has helped us to tailor our lives around what is most important to us.

It was important for the kids to be with their grandmother at 11pm as she’s coming out of the surgical unit. It is important that they sleep in after an emotionally stressful night. It was important that we have a family day today after this type of week.

I’m sure homeschooling has many weaknesses and just a week ago I would have been ready to rattle them off to you because

But tonight, I’m thankful for it.

I hear so often, “I don’t know how you homeschool five kids!” And tonight, I have to say, I don’t know how women who don’t homeschool do it!



  1. Hannah stricklin says:


  2. Amy says:

    Wait…?! Did I write that??!! :) Gymnastics, 5 kids, homeschool, crisis??!! So, so, SO VERY THANKFUL that The Lord continues to “homeschool” us all!! :)

    • Sarah Beals says:

      Oh no! Has it been a rough week for you, too? ­čśë

      • Amy says:

        Not so much this week, just the past three years. God is good though; and He fulfills His promises! Romans 8:28

  3. I know what you mean. When my middle child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago, I learned a whole new benefit to homeschooling! While we did get behind as my family adjusted, they are still academically ahead and able to pursue their interests. Overall, the crisis had no real impact on their progress, and in fact taught us some important life lessons.

    • Sarah Beals says:

      I know what you mean. It is a blessing to get it done when we get it done…especially with health issues. The kids test well and are not allowed to not finish their work. It gets done, but with much more flexibility. :)

  4. Kim says:

    We faced a lot of illnesss this year and I always wonder how public school families handle that. My kids would have missed a lot of school. But homeschooling is so much more than just academics and I’m so thankful for this blessing. How is your mother-in-law doing??

  5. Tim says:

    Learning is a lifestyle, not an artificial time slot – that is wonderfully put, Sarah, and applies to those of us whose kids were in public schools as well.

    Praying for your MIL.