Homeschooling in Extraordinary Circumstances

Over the years I have often heard people worry that they cannot homeschool because of extraordinary circumstances–illness or death in the family, a natural disaster, divorce, job loss and so on. Homeschooling is about the reality of human relationships–and to me, what is extraordinary is to think that real life might not include such things as death, illness, the arrival of a baby who is handicapped and so on. The nurturing of real relationships requires time–time to grieve, to celebrate, to digest and to move on. Let us gift our children with the messy reality of human relationships–and not the packaged, sanitized version usually expected by our culture.

Listen here for a 23 minute talk on this subject:


Posted on April 29, 2019 in Family Life and Parenting

  • Lindsay Smith says:

    We are in a pandemic. My husband received a pay-cut, but thankfully still has a job. Our family is dealing with sickness and separation. Donna’s talk “Homeschooling in Extraordinary Circumstances” was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.

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