Christmas break is long over and summer break is months away. The kids are grumpy. Even the weather is gloomy. How can you enjoy homeschooling your kids in February?
5 Ways to Enjoy Homeschooling Your Kids
1. Plan Something Special
Plan something special this week. Your family could head out to the zoo to admire the elephants, drop by the children’s museum, or explore an amusement park.
You can keep things simple with popcorn, pop, and a stack of good movies. Everyone enjoys a movie marathon once in a while.
Try pick up supplies to cook a special dinner with your children. Try a different cuisine or a fancy dessert. Don’t worry if it turns out all right.
Or simply enjoy special time together with one of these fun staycation ideas!
2. Put Your Homeschool Plans Away
Don’t be afraid to toss the plans, curl up with hot chocolate, and read great books with your kids. There’s a lot to be said for reading days in the life of a homeschool family. You can tell funny stories, recite silly poems, and build tents in the living room.
The best way to combat the winter blues is to put your regular plans away and spend the day relaxing.
3. Meet with Friends
Take the opportunity to have a play date. Invite some friends over for a tea party, ask someone to join your movie marathon. Head to a local park for a few hours of sun, play, and fresh air.
You can invite a large crowd or just another family. Either way the children enjoy playing together while moms get a chance to chat and commiserate about homeschooling in February.
4. Homeschooling is a Lifestyle
So often we forget that homeschooling is a lifestyle. We get bogged down in the day to day grind of math, dishes, laundry, spelling, and grammar.
Kids fuss about chores. They fuss about cleaning their rooms. They fuss about schoolwork.
The best way to homeschool is to fold school into your life. Put free reading at bedtime. Kids get the privilege of staying up an extra hour if they’re reading a book in bed. Add discussions to dinner time. Listen to audio books in the the car.
Don’t get caught by thinking you need to homeschool from 9 am to 3 pm on a public school schedule. You don’t. Just remember that homeschooling is a lifestyle. Make it part of your daily routine.
5. Use Games
Games aren’t just fun to play, they’re also a wonderful way to homeschool. When you’re run down, the best option is to put your regular homeschool routine aside and play games.
Use Hangman and Scrabble to study spelling and vocabulary. Try math games like Uno, Monopoly, and Yatzee. Play history and science games.
In fact, have a family game day where you do nothing but play games all day. Invite friends over and throw an educational carnival party. You’ll enjoy homeschooling and time with friends and family. You’ll also make marvelous memories.
The biggest problem with homeschooling in February is you get bogged down by the daily grind. The best way to shake it is to drop your normal homeschool routine and do something exciting instead.
What are your favorite ways to liven up your homeschool in February?