How is your homeschool restart going?
So many of us take a long break over winter break that January becomes a transition month as we try to get back to our homeschool.
If you’re struggling with the January reboot, here are some ideas to ease your way.
Gradually resume home education
Start small. If you are learning “by subject” at home, start with one or two subjects and add more subjects in the following days and weeks. If you’ve already immersed yourself in “everything,” know that it’s okay to step back and ease into January and beyond.
Keep the holiday magic alive
If you’re celebrating the winter holidays, your kids have sparkle, special foods, and celebrations—maybe as far back as Thanksgiving! Think about how you can keep the spark in your everyday life. Light candles at dinner, set a date for a “just because” celebration, or start a new weekly meal rotation like Taco Tuesdays, Pizza Fridays, or other family favorites that the kids can look forward to on a regular basis. Add music to your lunch or snack and let your kids help you create a playlist of favorite songs.
Make a calendar for the New Year
It’s still January and it’s not too late to create a calendar project with the kids to help them learn about the upcoming months and seasons. Creating a calendar is a gentle way to get back to using pencils and art supplies and putting numbers and words on paper.
By that I mean both going out into the community and going out. It’s okay to put off a complete homeschool reboot in favor of cold-weather walks, visiting a children’s museum, going to the theater, or supporting local musicians at an open mic night.
Your homeschool routine won’t return to pre-vacation status overnight, let alone incorporate all of your educational resolutions right away. But with flexibility and patience, you can create a new year of satisfying homeschooling.