5 Ways to Ease Back Into Homeschooling after the Holidays
The holidays are over, and now it is time. Time to get back to the normal day-to-day routine. Most of us really struggle with jumping right back into the routine of homeschooling. Even if you homeschool year round – you probably took a break for the holidays. We need to ease back into homeschooling – so as not to frustrate ourselves or our kids.
5 Ways to Ease Back Into Homeschooling
Start with the basics – The best way to ease back in is to just start with some of the basics. Get back to reading aloud and doing math. Pick your core subjects (for many that is reading and math) and just start back there. You don’t have to jump back in on day one with an awesome science experiment or cool history project. Instead, just let the kids warm back up to the idea of doing math and reading each day.
Go on a Field Trip – A lot of museums, zoos, and libraries have exciting things going on right after the holidays. Many are doing winter activities. Use this as a time to get out of the house and enjoy some time together doing something educational that doesn’t require sitting in front of the books all day.
Watch educational videos – Another great way to ease back in is to pick an educational video to watch. There are many great shows on Amazon or Netflix that will offer education as well entertainment. This is a great time for you to get out those school books and make a plan, all while the kids are having some educational time! You could also watch a movie that incorporates a time period you are studying or a book you have recently read aloud.
Some educational DVD ideas for your homeschool.
Disney’s The American Presidents: 1890-1945: The Emergence of Modern America, The Great Depression & WWIISchoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)Schoolhouse Rock! EarthDrive Thru History: American History, Special Edition 1-6
Review-Easing back in is a great time to do some review work. This type of work takes very little planning but gets the brain back moving in the direction of the school work you will be doing. These activities can be fun and that makes easing back into school even smoother!
Give yourself grace– Grace is needed as we ease back into the school year. The kids are still on a holiday high, and mama, you are probably tired! The house probably needs reorganizing (there is some home ec for your day!) and you probably are going to have kids, who like mine, are not quite ready to get back into the swing of things. Remember, move slowly and give much grace!
Bonus: Use this time of easing back into homeschooling for reflecting on how the year has went thus far and planning out the second half of the school year. One of my favorite planners is from Erin Condren you can check them out >>>HERE<<<
I hope that these tips will help you as move back into your school year. I would love to hear what other tips you have for easing back in to homeschooling after the holidays!