Four Quick Ways to Salvage a Bad Homeschool DayJeanetta Roberts
There is nothing worse than having a bad homeschool day. You know the kind of days I’m talking about.
- You woke up later than you wanted to.
- There’s not enough coffee in the world to pry your eyes open.
- The kids are bouncing off of the walls.
- Once you start lessons, they suddenly forgot everything they’ve ever learned.
Sometimes it’s enough to make you consider, even if only for a second, sending them off to the bus stop the following morning. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to salvage a bad homeschool day.
1. Poetry Tea Time
Nothing has brought more peace and clarity to my homeschool on those crazy hectic days than sitting down to a peaceful poetry tea time. While we typically reserve these days for Friday fun-day, sometimes a bad day calls for a candlelight tea party intervention.
When our day is especially hectic, I toss my hands up in the air and say, “Alright! Tea time!” Everyone instantly gets excited. We clear the table, fill the teapot, light a candle or two, and open up some (affiliate link) poetry books.
The kids love the break in school work. I don’t dare tell them it’s educational! And I love the peace and quiet that comes along with a good book and a warm cup of tea by candle light. The quality time spent with the kids is nice, too, of course.
2. Take a Brain Break
Occasionally after hitting the books hard for a while, I notice my kids’ attention spans start to wander. When I can see them starting to mentally check out, that’s when I know it’s time to take a brain break. We have quite a few strategies to give our poor overworked brains a break, but our all time favorite is to have a dance party. We turn on the radio and freestyle dance to whatever song is playing. Other times we switch the station mid-song and dance according to the style of the music.
For example, if a slower or more classical song comes on, we slow down our dance moves to accommodate. If a country song comes on, we start a line dance, and so on. We have so much fun trying to see how many types of dances we can come up with in a short amount of time.
Other brain breaks are making a quick and healthy snack, going outside to run a relay race, or pretending you’ve become wiggle worms to see how fast you can wiggle the wiggles out. Click here for 54 more brain breaks ideas and activities.
3. Turn on Netflix
Have you ever had one of those days where getting out of bed seems nearly impossible? Maybe you’re battling the stomach flu or a migraine? Maybe your little one kept you up all night and now today seems like an impossibility? Have no fear – Netflix can rescue you.
There are so many educational movies, documentaries, and television shows on NetFlix that you can play in a crunch. No more feeling guilty for slumming it on the couch on a school day. Make it really exciting for the kids and declare it a pajama day. Pile up the pillows and blankets all over the floor, kick back, and enjoy a day of educational television. Feel free to catch those z’s, and rest assured knowing your child is still learning something while you are taking it easy.
4. Take it Outside
Sometimes my kids simply need a change of scenery while doing their school work. On days when the weather is pleasant, we pull out our picnic blanket and take our school work outdoors. The kids love to lay under the sun as they listen to read alouds, Sometimes we put our lessons away completely and go on a nature hike instead.
There are so many ways to learn while spending time outdoors. Give your kids a change of pace from sitting at a kitchen table for hours at a time. Take it outside.
This is the beauty of homeschooling — we have freedom to make the needed changes to turn around a bad homeschool day. We need to take advantage of these opportunities. If that means having an early dismissal or taking a snow day in the middle of summer, then so be it.