Where we are in Canada, winter has extended its stay. We are well into the second week of Spring, yet the piles of snow outside have yet to receive a good spring rain and a rise in temperature to begin melting away into the lawn that we haven’t seen since November. I just checked the 7-day forecast and the average temperature will be hovering just above zero with cloudy days ahead. *sigh*
Oftentimes, the bleak weather affects the mood of the children and their enthusiasm (or lack of it) for doing schoolwork. When the days are cold and gray, the mood is gray. I notice the children move slower than usual, like toys running out of battery. It is on these days that I like to switch things up a bit, and maybe move from the usual textbook, to just an activity that takes them to a different mode. A few of our choice activities are crafts like beading and painting; baking cookies (Daddy’s favourite); doing science experiments related to current lessons; and weather permitting, trips to the library, the store, or anywhere they could apply math concepts. The last option gives the added benefit of getting the fresh air which everyone most often needs during a lackluster kind of day.
Or maybe just forget about lesson plans for one day, and look at the past projects, worksheets, and pages that have already been completed and filed away, just as a reminder of how far you all have come, and how fruitful all the efforts have been. I find it encourages the students who feel they have more to go through, and instead see what they have accomplished so far. I personally find this very helpful for myself as well, and it gives me rejuvenation to move forward to the finish line. It is Spring, and before we know it, the beginning of Summer will be upon us. Some families choose to homeschool year-round even through summer, but in our home, we take a break at that time to enjoy the warm days more.
So if you find yourself and your little ones in a slump, slow down even for a little bit, and share with each other how far you’ve come….and how little work is left to arrive at the finish line. You can do it!