Just Keep Swimming

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 | 0 comments

It seems February kicks off the homeschool blues. Now that the holidays are over we realize we’re not finished with that curriculum and we have a long way to keep going. Our attitudes drag as we accept the fact that we have been living Ground Hog’s Day over and over.

We notice we forgot about scheduling that great field trip.
We’re running low on art supplies.
Math still is a four letter word every morning.
The library fines have added up to a date night dinner.
Rather than look forward to another failed science experience you’re wondering, are we there yet?!
just keep swimming

Do not fret, you can take some advice from Nemo, “just keep swimming”.

Most times my children adopt my attitude towards things. Even homeschooling. If you are dragging to the table uninterested in reading one more chapter from that long history book chances are your children will drag too!

Instead of dragging and complaining why not incorporate a new read. Check out our list of great books.

Set the tone of your mornings. Put a smile on your face. Bundle up and take a picnic break outside. Or plan that field trip and get out of the house.

Simple touches go a long way. Add cheerful flowers to your table and play worship music. Or start the morning with some yoga stretches.

We recently incorporated a “quick draw” contest. Each morning the boys grab their dry erase boards and I give them a challenge to draw an object within minutes. From superheroes to the last geography lesson, the boys enjoy the challenge and laughter as they explain their quick draws. It has become a nice start before our homeschool lessons {and it’s a convenient review opportunity too}.

You do not have to put on the homeschool winter blues! Just keep swimming through these February days before the joy and excitement of spring arrives.

Stef Layton
Stef Layton started homeschooling in 2008. Her heart is set on intentional parenting and building strong family relationships. She is a columnist for Homeschooling Today Magazine.

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