It’s that time of the year Time for the Homeschool Slump, the Homeschool Blues, the I Just Can’t Get Out of Bed and Do the Same Thing Over and Over Every Day Forever Feeling!
The newness and excitement of the school year from August and September have passed us by. The candy high from October is gone. The breaks that came every three weeks in November and December have vanished. Now we have long months ahead with nothing but a three day weekend here and there. For most of us, the weather is cold and the day is short and dreary.
What’s a mom to do when the homeschool blues come for a visit?
First: Plan for them. After homeschooling for 12 years, I know with certainty that the doldrums will come. Looking at my calendar this year, shows me that there are 13 long weeks between the start of school after Christmas break and our scheduled spring break! That’s a long time. So I plan several short weeks to break up the monotony. A three or four day weekend to look forward to makes the week go much faster.
Second: Change things up. Take a week and set your normal curriculum aside. A short unit study is a good way to break things up. Or perhaps focusing on just one subject for the week might brighten things up—poetry week, writing week, or everyday math would work well for a week long focus.
Third: Get out. Work exercise and fresh air into your weekly routine. Getting out into the fresh cold air always leaves me feeling invigorated and ready to get to work when coming back inside. Get out into your community for a field trip or two. Adding field trips into your routine changes things up a bit as well as gets you out of the house.
The doldrums and blues hit all of us at one time or another. Understand that’s okay and they will pass.