Homeschooling When You Aren't Home

Today is day 38 of being away from home. And by "home" I mean the new house we moved into in mid-September and didn't even have a chance to unpack completely before we left.

Did I mention that prior to that we were living in another half-packed house (roughly 1100 miles away) and/or driving and/or living in hotels and/or staying with relatives for two weeks? 

And that Dear Hubby left for 12 weeks approximately 72 hours after our household goods were delivered?

So, if you want to get technical, we were last in a All of Our Stuff Is Unpacked and We Feel Like We Live Here Home on Labor day (1 September). 

That would be 74 days of random upheaval, with three Agents (ages 8, 6, and 4) and one quasi-demanding feline (age 11).

And, yes, we're still homeschooling. And, no, it doesn't look at all like what I thought it would.

This is the year I had plans, darn it. I had charts, tables, goals, binders. And it's all pretty much gone to H-E-double-hockey-sticks in a lovely craft basket.

Suffice it to say, we (I) have had to adjust expectations. We brought several school-ish things with us, including some workbooks and printouts and a few dozen books, but that got old quickly. We found a lot of work we could do online, but Internet access has not been consistent. So, we were forced to get a bit more "creative" with our resources. 

We recently had a wonderful opportunity to spend ten days in Washington, D.C. (which will be the subject of at least one separate post coming soon). That experience kind of took over our "school days" for a while, but now we're back to the reality of What On Earth Do We Do Now?

Well, we keep plugging along. We read. We do math (even when that means I'm handwriting everything out on notebook paper because we don't have access to a printer). We order a couple of science books on Amazon and pick up a new workbook at Walmart and make it work.

In the grand scheme of things, these few months will soon be just a bleep on the timeline of their education. They take everything in stride and see this as one huge adventure. And, so, I guess I will, too.

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