Books and Products to Consider
A wall map is essential for homeschooling. Put it on the wall and have your children find any country you mention. This is from Barnes and Noble.
The school year has started and things just aren't working out. Your child and the teacher aren't getting along, there is a bully in the classroom, or your teacher just doesn't really understand your child's learning disability. Maybe you have something going on at home or a very sick child. Whatever the reason, you need to take your child out of school for a while. Unfortunately, there is little or no time to plan...can you really homeschool, even without warning?
This website is a just-the-basics tutorial for emergency homeschooling that isn't expected to continue after the end of the school year. The first time I homeschooled I had the summer to prepare and it was meant to be temporary. I homeschooled a year and a few months before sending my oldest, the only homeschooler, back to school. The second time I only had two weeks to get ready to homeschool all three when they asked me to do it. I learned a few tricks along the way and I am happy to share them with you here. It has enough to help you succeed and not so much you get overwhelmed.
How to Use the Website
The navigation to the left has the overall categories. When you choose one, you'll be taken to a page that lists all the articles or resources in that section. Each page will divide these into essentials and extras. Save the extras for later, when you have more time or are considering ramping up your homeschooling a little. You can read the site like a book--the next suggested article is at the end of each one you read--or you can use the navigation to get only what you need now.
The column to the right has suggestions for other articles on the site that might interest you. Below those and at the bottom of articles are suggestions for books or materials you might want to try. Since my children are all grown now, I may not have used or reviewed everything on the list. I say so if I have. Treat them as "Did you know about this?" suggestions. Be sure to research them yourself before spending any money on them. Be sure to visit my advertising disclaimers page to learn more about these suggestions.
If you really want to know more
I have a homeschooling website meant for long-term homeschooling. You might want to visit it for more in-depth or complicated ideas or if you're having so much fun you're considering continuing your homeschool year. This site will mostly hit the highlights, since I don't want to overwhelm you. However, the extras section has non-essential material you might enjoy exploring. I also have a website for teaching preschoolers. If you're teaching an older child and want to keep your little ones busy, you might want to visit Preschool With Mommy for help with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
Temporary homeschooling can get a little lonely. Some homeschool groups don't really welcome or support temporary homeschoolers and it's unlikely you'll know other temporary homeschoolers. Your needs and challenges are different from those faced by permanent homeschoolers. This website has a blog that I hope will eventually form a little community of those homeschooling just for a while, and to include some long-term homeschoolers who are supportive of temporary homechoolers. Share the link with other temporary homeschoolers, since you'll probably leave when your homeschool time ends and we want it there for future homeschool explorers.
by Laura Brodie
I've read this book. It's by a mom who decided to homeschool her daughter for a year--a child who didn't quite fit into school. I didn't agree with all her ideas and conclusions but it was a fascinating read and very honest.