Starting Homeschooling Back Up After Winter Break
This is a guest blog post written by Jonathan Leger
After winter break, many homeschooling families need a change. Here are some ways to change things around and make them work for you after the winter break.
Following the same routine day in and day out can quickly become monotonous. To help relieve some of this monotony switch the schedule around.
Try starting the day out backward and do the subject that was normally done last prior to the winter break, first in the day. Mix things up and alternate days for specific subjects.
Have some fun in the snow for physical education and go sledding, tubing or build a snowman or snow fort.
Brainstorm with children and find some creative crafts that they may be interested in pursuing. This could include jewelry making, photography and the like. It may be a career making decision or a passing phase, incorporate it into the lessons and allow your children to explore their creative sides.
For spelling and reading, consider incorporating word games into the daily routine. It’s amazing what changing one simple subject activity can do for the mind as well as to relieve the monotony.
One of the best reasons to homeschool is that there is less stress. Reducing stress frees children up to learn more readily. Relax and allow your children to learn at their own pace. If a child isn’t into a subject, decide what they are into and find a way to incorporate that into their curriculum.
It’s easy to get caught up in what is going on in public school and try to tailor your home school to function the same way, the truth is, home schooling doesn’t function at all in the same fashion and that is the beauty of homeschooling. Your child can learn at his or her own pace and focus on what he or she is good at doing without stress.
Have Some Fun
You can change out the routine at any time and still maintain your school day. A trip to the doctor can provide an educational opportunity.
A trip to the grocery store can be educational. A trip to the post office can teach children all sorts of valuable information. Don’t focus so intently upon the educational value of everyday mundane things and watch how they naturally incorporate themselves into your homeschooling curriculum.
Allow your children to ask questions at the grocery store, pharmacy, post office and everywhere else that you go. Take them with you and give them these unique learning opportunities.
When the day is done, ask them what they have learned. They should be able to give you a brief run down of what they learned that day.
Regardless of the reasons you choose to homeschool, take the time to have some fun. It’s okay to spend an afternoon outside throwing snowballs and creating a fort.
It’s okay to spend the day out at the park and have a picnic. Focus on reasons to spend time together and build up the family. Allow education to happen naturally and don’t push it. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your children learn once you do this.
Lead By Example
If you’re involved in a homeschool group, lead by example. Step up to the plate and let your children see you involved. Help at the special events. Get your children involved helping at special events. The more your children see you willing to help the more they will be willing to help as well.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to homeschool your children. Go with what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to change things around now and again to break the monotony and keep the momentum going.
About the Author
Jonathan Leger is a freelance writer and small business owner. He runs a popular question and answer site at a popular question and answer site at answerthis.co.