Sometimes I feel a little tired of the Homeschool Routine. After all, I have been teaching my children at home for 20 years or is it 21? I forget. Preventing the mid-year homeschool blues can feel like a herculean task!
I always start off the homeschool year with such enthusiasm and strength of purpose. I feel the hope welling up in my heart at all the things we will accomplish in the upcoming homeschool year. I am so excited to mold my children into godly young men and women! I am energized! I give much of my time to crafting a winning curriculum specific to each individual child’s gifts and talents as well as their weaknesses. I plan out our schedule and activities and I can just feel the anticipation of a new school year!
We start off strong and disciplined!
Fast forward to January and February and my enthusiasm for home educating my children has diminished just a little. You see, homeschool reality has settled in and we are usually behind schedule. I am behind on grading. Things come up, children get sick and all my best-laid plans are in disarray!
There is also the constant pressure of making sure your children are becoming well-educated individuals. Who else is there to blame when things go wrong? The feeling of failure is never far from me and can rear its ugly head at any moment. Halfway through the year it always seems to appear that we have gotten irreparably off track! That can lead to discouragement and feel blue.
1. Take a teacher in-service day. Schedule a well deserved day off to regroup, re-evaluate and get back on track.
2. Schedule a day for a prayer retreat where you can draw on God’s strength to see you through your homeschool journey.
3. Reread a book that encourages your desire to homeschool your children. Pick a new homeschool book that looks interesting.
4. Do what rejuvenates you. For me, I just love to paint my toenails, take a bath and read a good historical fiction book!
5. Search through your homeschool files, videos, and curriculum and see if you have something on hand that will put a little excitement into your mid-year! Check out the library too.
6. Give your kids a prize if they double up on a specific subject. My kids will do almost anything for a cookie 🙂 The only two still in school are my 16 and 13 years old and it still works like a charm! Give yourself a prize if you catch up on a homeschool area that you have fallen behind in.
7. Take a field trip to encourage your children on a subject that is becoming stagnant.
8. Follow Homeschool bloggers to inspire you with new ideas! Here are some bloggers that inspire me. HodgePodge, Bible Based Homeschooling, Teachers of Good Things
9. Set up a “Mom’s Night Out” or have a bunch of friends over one evening to watch the movie. I have not laughed so hard in a really long time! Moms’ Night Out
10. Focus on the facts, like one hour of homeschooling is equivalent to 5 hours in a regular classroom!
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What do you do to prevent the mid-year homeschool blues?
I am praying for you!
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Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.