Are you starting to feel a little…..blah, in your homeschool?
You’re not totally burnt out and frustrated but it seems like a lot of the initial excitement has worn off.
The delight of new curriculum and school supplies has faded, and now two months in math is a daily struggle, the toddler never lets you finish read aloud with fewer than 14 interruptions (mine is climbing on me as I type), and the days are beginning to blend together in a blur of daily chores and school work.
As a seasoned homeschool mom and a former classroom teacher I can tell you that this feeling of “blah” is totally normal.
That weird time between Halloween and Thanksgiving always seems to pass so slowly and I can tell you that the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually even harder!
So what’s a homeschool mom to do?
Here’s three ways to beat the “blah” in your homeschool and finish 2022 strong!
1) Bring the church year into your home: as Lutherans we have a distinct advantage for breaking up the monotony of the day-to-day by celebrating the church year!
I once heard Will Weedon say that one of the many joys of following the church year is bringing new focus into seasons that would otherwise just run together.
If you haven’t already, be sure to grab your free Advent unit study for Lutheran homeschoolers.
2) Plan to take a week off: or at the very least consider a much lighter load next week. Instead plan to spend the week cooking, visiting friends and family, playing board games, reading books, and lounging in jammies!
3) Re-evaluate your homeschool schedule and curriculum: By now you’ve been schooling for roughly 12 weeks and you have a pretty good idea of what is working, and what isn’t.
This isn’t the time to toss the baby out with the bathwater, but it’s time to make the switch in your math curriculum. Or finally add in those fine art unit studies you’ve been downloading from Etsy but have never acutally used.
Maybe it’s time to finally join a co-op or plan that field trip. As you plan to wrap-up the first half of the school year and prepare for the second half of the school year, now is a great time to re-evaluate your homeschool.
Beginning to feel a sense of “blah” in your homeschool year is normal and not a reason for worry. But it IS a great opportunity to take a short break, re-evaluate what’s working and what isn’t, and bring more of the church year into your home.
How do you bring the church year to life in your homeschool?