Emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment. So if you’re a family preparing for the worst – or even a run-of-the-mill disruption caused by a natural disaster – you need to also be preparing for how to educate your children.
Homeschooling is more popular than ever since COVID-19 both gave parents a peek inside the classroom and the confidence that they could do it themselves. Homeschooling gives parents a chance to meaningfully bond with their children while imparting their values, a love of learning, and, for prepared families, a skill set that can keep them alive when the worst strikes.
Prepared families who are not currently homeschooling should also consider the following: If a SHTF, “end of the world as we know it” type of scenario emerges, you’re not going to have any choice but to homeschool your children. So you should do some kind of educational prep along with your other preparedness activities.
Homeschooling Offers Flexibility in Scheduling
First of all, one of the biggest mistakes people make when they start homeschooling their children is thinking that it’s “school at home.” While this approach might work for some children, one of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is that it allows you to teach your children on something other than the rigid schedule of the German-Industrial style of teaching.
Online distance learning allows your children to learn just about anything, including from private, one-on-one tutors who can handle the topics you can’t. Sometimes science class is at home reading a book, but other times it’s a trip to an aviary or a butterfly sanctuary. Many of these resources are available at little or no cost to you.
The point is that you can do whatever you like as long as your kids are learning. What’s more, learning outside of the home can prepare your children for a day when there is no longer a home to learn in because you’re on the road constantly in a world fraught with peril.
Tailoring Education to Individual Needs
Anyone who has more than one child can tell you: kids are – if you’ll forgive the term – special snowflakes. Not in that they’re fragile like snowflakes, but in that one can be so different from another. As such, their educational needs can vary dramatically from one to another.
Homeschooling allows you to tailor the learning needs of your children to their specific needs, rather than shoving them into the “one size fits all” box of the local government or private school. This is one of the best aspects of the flexibility of the curriculum: You can spend more time on the subjects that your children need to study the most while also teaching them in ways that resonate best with their little minds.
Core subjects like math, science, and language arts will take precedence during emergencies. However, the homeschooling environment provides an opportunity to delve deeper into these subjects. Focusing on fundamental concepts and skills ensures a robust educational foundation, allowing families to prioritize essential learning objectives.
Encouraging Real-Life Learning Experiences
Homeschooling encourages real-life learning experiences. Virtual tours, hands-on experiments at home, and exploring your immediate surroundings allow families to transform everyday situations into valuable educational opportunities. Field trips and practical activities not only reinforce theoretical learning but also instill a sense of curiosity and critical thinking in children.
Open communication with children is also a key dynamic of the homeschooling environment. Regular check-ins with children foster an environment of open dialogue, ensuring challenges, progress, and preferences are continually understood. This collaborative approach to learning cultivates a supportive atmosphere where the educational journey becomes a shared experience.
Finally, you don’t have to do it alone. Collaborating with other homeschool parents or virtual learning further enriches the learning experience. Joining virtual clubs and communities provides opportunities for shared learning and diverse perspectives. Collaboration enhances the child’s socialization but also broadens the educational horizon for children.
Homeschooling evolves into a holistic approach embracing flexibility, personalization, and collaboration. By adopting this multifaceted perspective, families can not only navigate the challenges of educational continuity but also cultivate a love for learning that extends far beyond the immediate circumstances.
What have you learned from homeschooling your kids? Are you giving them training in preparedness as part of school? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!