Homeschooling when you are expecting another baby is definitely a huge challenge. With proper planning you can make it through the nine months without missing a day of homeschooling. There are several things that you can do when you are first diagnosed.
Start by putting together a homeschooling pack. This pack should include school work for the entire nine months of your pregnancy. Putting all of this together may take you about a week to do. If you are already in the middle of a homeschooling year, you can give your child a week off, so that you can make the proper preparations. Inside of the pack should be work divided up by days, then weeks, and last months. All of the lessons should run in order. Worksheets along with detailed instructions should be included. You can place the entire homeschooling pack into a plastic storage bin. Books and everything should be included. The purpose of the pack is so that someone else can give instruction to your child, if you are not feeling well or just need some time to rest. Having everything prepared in advance helps to take the stress off.
Another suggestion is to have a group of people lined up that are ready and willing to assist if you are not feeling well. There will come times during your pregnancy when you will feel sick, and tired. During these times you will want to rest and save up as much energy as possible. You can have your husband or another relative come over to review the pre-prepared lessons with them, and to check their work. This will prevent your child from falling behind and help you to take care of all of your children. Balancing pregnancy and homeschooling can be done. You will also want to avoid pushing yourself too hard. If you are exhausted this will show to your child and the lessons may become rushed. Rushing a lesson can also cause your child to fall behind. They can very easily miss the point of the lesson. If there is a day when no one is able to help out and you don’t have the energy for instruction, review sheets are always helpful. You can have one folder full of review sheets that can be used by your children if this occurs. All they will have to do is get the review sheets out of the plastic bin and do them. When the review sheets are complete you can have them put back into the same folder. The review sheets can be checked whenever you get the chance.
The last and final tip is to let your child know what is going on. When you find out you are expecting be sure to let your children know. This way it will be a family effort to make sure both mom and the baby stay healthy, and all school work gets done.