Homeschooling with a Newborn
Tips for Homeschooling with a Newborn
- Take Breaks
In my last month of pregnancy, I took a maternity leave from scheduled schooling for three months. We only went on one field trip; I didn’t schedule curriculum and we didn’t participate in any extracurricular activities. My children did play educational games and would willingly practice in some workbooks. We also read many books.
Now that we are back in the routine of having school everyday, we are very flexible with our schedule, allowing however many breaks are necessary. Some days, this means only an hour of school. Other days this means educational games for most of the day or doing our lessons in the evening, when my husband is home to help. This keeps us sane, rested and joyful. Having a flexible schedule also allows for much needed bonding time for older siblings, and I use the breaks as time for prayer. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (ESV)
- Ask for Help
I’ve learned to not be afraid to ask for help from others. Many people are more than willing to pitch in, if I’m willing to ask. It’s extremely helpful to have someone come over and help clean, play with the kids while the baby and I nap, or help with the baby while I teach the other children.
My greatest help comes from the Lord. When all hope seems lost, God is my anchor. I lean on Him when I need rest, patience or someone to talk to. Long nights and early mornings can become very lonely. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (ESV)
- Brainstorm New Ideas
Sometimes old schedules don’t work like they used to, and curriculum might need to be changed. It’s useful to try new ways of doing things until I find something that works for us, such as a change in the amount of hours or the time of day, or even the days of the week we spend schooling.
The best idea I found after having a new baby was to take one day to review the previous week, and to catch up on chores and rest. We are busy during the weekends, so on Mondays our days consist of lounging around, some oral pop quizzes on what we learned the week before, and housework. On this day we also try to spend extra time in His presence to refresh us for the rest of the week. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (ESV)
The most important thing to remember is you are never alone. The Bible tells us multiple times that God is with us. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
Jenna Holder is a SAHM of four littles, two of which are homeschooled. She’s a devoted wife and christian. She spends her time, reading, writing and being an active member of her church. Follow along with her chaotic life at www.holderofpeace.com for encouragement on experiencing the peace of God.