5 Don’t Quit TipsLisa Rupertus
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There is something about February that makes homeschooling parents weary. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over. Cold weather has set in, and we find ourselves home more often. Kids get restless, and homeschooling becomes hard.
February is the month where thoughts of quitting creep in.
I want to encourage you! These thoughts do cross our minds at this time of year. But there are some things you can do to help with the winter-weariness!
Don’t Quit Tips
It is cold here in the Northeast, but just getting outside for a few minutes really does boost the spirits of everyone. That burst of icy air gets your lungs working. If there is snow, go play! Make memories!
Start a Read-Aloud
Reading aloud to your kids is so important. Most of us stop when the kids can read by themselves, but I want to encourage you to resume this wonderful tradition! It is a great thing to do on a cold afternoon when everyone is bickering. In our home, the big kids gather around with blankets and hot chocolate while I read aloud. We take turns picking books — from classics to modern.
Get Up and Get it Done
It is harder to get out of bed on cold mornings. I keep encouraging my boys that if they get up and plow through, we will be done earlier and have more time for our recreational interests. I’ve evaluated where we are in each subject and given my children timelines for what they should accomplish by the time spring comes.
Go On a Field Trip
This is the perfect time for trips to museums and aquariums because they are empty! Most kids are in school this time of year. We’ve gotten to talk to staff about the animals at the aquarium for longer periods of time because we were one of the only families there!
Add Some Treats
This is the perfect time of year to make a special breakfast or lunch. Do a bigger craft project or start a reward chart for reading. Make Thursdays Hot Chocolate day! Get creative and do something special.