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Homeschooling During a Family Emergency

By Victor Trammell

Homeschooling provides a whole host of conveniences in the task of educating your children.

You don’t have to bother with commuting or taking them to the bus stop every morning. You don’t have to obsess over what they’re being fed at school because you’re the parent and nutritionist in control. However, with any endeavor you’re embarking on in life, there must be a solid contingency plan in place if something goes wrong.

In the case of homeschooling, there’s always the possibility that a family emergency can take place when school is in session at your home-based academy. A writer named Emily Goodman authored a very informative piece, which explained how homeschooling parents should respond to the event of a family emergency.

Goodman is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based homeschool news correspondent for the In her Examiner article about homeschooling, family emergencies, and how to deal with them, she stresses the importance of staying on task and remaining vigilant.

“First, keep your children on schedule as much as possible,” Goodman writes. “Even if you don’t have time to come up with new and exciting ideas, you probably have something that they can work on: their normal curriculum, an online lesson or two, or something else that will keep them appropriately busy,” she continued.

Goodman also stressed the importance of not succumbing to panic. “Don’t overstress yourself, Goodman also wrote. “Don’t take on more than you can handle. Your lesson plans during a difficult and trying time don’t have to be new and exciting; they just have to happen,” she went on to write.

In closing, Goodman brought up the importance of delegation and having people in place to fill in the gaps when chaos from a family emergency takes over. Her article’s last passage read:

“Is there someone else who could take over with the kids for a day or two, even if it’s just to watch them while you deal with other things? Do you have a friend who loves to design creative and interesting lesson plans? This might be just the time to take them up on their offer to help, even if it means that things won’t always get done the way you would prefer that they be done.” (

For more information and a step by step guide on how to transition your children and family to homeschooling,



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