Is your home school routine getting you down? Staying on track throughout the school year can be challenging even for the most seasoned homeschoolers. Having a few tricks up your sleeve can help get your kids and yourself motivated to keep going and beat those routine blahs.
Winter is always the toughest time for our home school routine. At the beginning of the year, we start off strong and manage to ride that momentum through until Christmas break.
We stay on track and have fun doing it.
We look forward to the winter break and try to get the most out of it before we hit the books again.
The January start-up is usually a little less enthusiastic than the August one was and for some reason, we always struggle to really catch our stride again.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Do you struggle to get your routine on track in winter months?
I swear some days, we spend more time fussing about what we need to get done then we do actually doing any of it.
Over the years, not without a little trial and error, I have come up with five ways that have helped us beat those winter blahs.
5 Ways to Overcome Homeschool Routine Blahs
This means take your schedule down to just two subjects per day.
Take your time with them, really dig in and get all you can from each lesson.
You’ll find that by removing that pressure alone will have an impact on your routine.
You will feel less stressed to get through all the lessons and your kids will feel as overwhelmed.
Bring some awesome and entertaining videos into your lessons.
YouTube has a video for just about any subject.
Even if it’s just a funny 30-second video that somehow relates to your subject, it can help bring some fun back into your learning.
Change of Venue
I mean an actual physical change of scenery.
If you do school in a room designated for school every day, then move it to your kitchen table, living room, or anywhere you like.
Another option, depending on the climate where you live, is to take learning outside. Sit on the patio or go to the park.
Do grammar at the ice cream shop, why not?
I love to let my kids lay on the floor with a clipboard rather than at their desks, by the way, they love it too.
Ask your kids what they would like to learn about.
Have them write a list, then tell them to research one of the items on their list and have it ready to teach at a future date.
Tell them they can do whatever they want. They can create a PowerPoint, show videos, watch a movie about it, reenact a skit, it’s completely up to them.
Friday Fun Days
These are some of my favorites.
I do a google search for fun or special holidays of the year, then use the information I find to create a fun day around whatever theme I want.
**Update** I now have a series of posts for National Holiday Ideas for each month of the year. Click here to check those out.
For example, March 25th is Waffle Day. I build a whole day around waffles.
We might first learn to make waffles from scratch and eat ’em up. Or use them to learn fractions.
Discover who first invented waffles and why. Look for other interesting facts about them by watching videos or reading articles.
We might even play a waffle anagram game or make an acrostic poem using the word waffle.
The options are endless and I guarantee your kids will have a blast.
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Those long winter months will fly by with these engaging activities to bring joy and learning back into your home school routine.
The only question is, which will you try first?
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