Spring Forward in Your Homeschool
Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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With the holidays behind us and springtime upon us, it's easy to feel a little down. The weather can be unpredictable, and the time change may have upset everyone's sleep schedule. Summer is quickly approaching, and there is a sense of urgency to finish the school year. It's no wonder everyone in the house seems a bit grumpy lately! But don't worry; you can do plenty of things to shake off the winter blues and make the most of the last few weeks of the school year. With a little effort and a positive attitude, you can spring into ending the school year feeling refreshed and ready to take on summer.

In our homeschool, Mondays were sometimes challenging to get "up to speed," which made us fall further behind, according to our calendar. Keep in mind each morning that today is a new day! Regardless of the day of the week, it is important to remember that your mood can set the tone for the entire day; take a few moments first thing in the morning to cultivate a positive mindset. Spend some time in prayer, asking for a renewed heart and attitude. Enjoy every moment with your precious children. By putting a smile on your face and embracing those morning snuggles, you'll be surprised at how energizing it can be for you and your kids! With a rejuvenated sense of enthusiasm and joy, you can tackle your school day with renewed strength and make the most of every learning opportunity. With a positive attitude, you and your children will be more productive and ready to face the new day.

Instead of counting the days remaining on the school calendar, here is a simple solution to help you and your family feel more motivated and engaged in your studies! Focus on making the most of each day. One way to do this is by finding a fun and exciting activity that can bring the whole family together, regardless of age or grade level. Whether it's a math game or a science experiment, the key is to make it interactive and engaging for everyone. Encourage your kids to work together, share ideas, and learn from one another.

You'll be amazed at the new insights and perspectives they bring! And who knows, you may even learn a thing or two yourself! With a willingness to learn and grow, you'll be able to make the most of every opportunity and create a fun and rewarding learning environment for your entire family. Let's spring into some exciting new activities and make this school year one to remember!

You could visit a museum or another educational destination to try something new and exciting. Invite others, like a grandparent or another homeschool family, to join you on an adventure during the week. It's a great way to give your kids a change of pace and lift their spirits. To make it even more educational, encourage your kids to write a brief, age-appropriate essay about their learning. It can be a fun way for them to practice their writing skills while reflecting on their experiences.

On the other hand, you could opt for an activity that's purely for fun! Find a toy store and let your kids use their imagination while playing with the toys on display. In our homeschool, we found geocaching to be a great way to engage our tech-driven young boys and create excitement in finding hidden "treasure" in the great outdoors. (Find out more about geocaching here.)

Do you have a pottery or canvas painting shop in your area? Spend time crafting and list it as "arts & crafts" for school that day. It's sure to put a smile on their faces and create lasting memories for your family.

Another unique and meaningful activity would be to visit a retirement home and encourage your children to listen to the stories of the residents. It's a wonderful way to help your children gain a deeper understanding of history and what life was like during different eras. Not only will your visit bring joy and happiness to the residents, but your children will also be captivated by the fascinating stories they hear. They may even make new friends and develop a greater appreciation for the wisdom and experience that comes with age. It's a great way to teach your kids about compassion and could spark a lifelong interest in history and the lives of those who came before us.

If you still need a boost of motivation to finish the school year strong, then It's time to start planning! Take a few days to map out your schedule and incorporate some exciting outdoor or out-of-the-house activities. Make it a family affair by giving your calendar a fun and catchy name and displaying it somewhere visible, like the school room or fridge. Watching the days fly by will be a great motivator for both you and your kids. Before you know it, you'll celebrate all your progress together!

Now that you've got some exciting activities lined up for the rest of the school year, it's time to start thinking about how to keep your kids engaged during the summer months. Instead of dreading the summer break, embrace it as an opportunity for fun and continued learning! One great option is to check out activity books like the ones available from BJU Press Homeschool. From Vacation Stations to JourneyForth Books, plenty of resources are out there to help you and your kids beat the summertime blues. If you want more ideas, check out this blog, Beating the Summertime Blues!

Finally, it's never too early to start thinking about the upcoming school year! With convention season here, it's the perfect time to start planning. You'll be able to connect with other homeschooling families, find valuable resources, and get inspired for the upcoming year.

And if you're looking for more ongoing support and encouragement, consider connecting with a local homeschool consultant. They can offer personalized advice and even great discounts on curriculum and resources. (This map will help you find a consultant, event, or convention near you.) With some planning and support, you and your family can look forward to a successful and fulfilling homeschooling journey!

Meet the Author

Amy Booker, HomeWorks by Precept Consultant & Homeschool Mom