Monday, January 28, 2013

Homeschool Encouragement: The Winter Funk

For some reason this time of year seems to bring out the homeschool doldrums, our lessons that were so interesting in October feel like a big ho-hum.   The cold and, often dreary weather, plays a part I'm sure, but it goes deeper than that.  

Christmas is a wonderful season, however it does bring a great deal of clutter into the house.  As much fun as it is to get everything out in anticipation of the holiday, it always feels good to get everything put away and the house in its proper order.  

Which usually leads to more purging.  Everywhere.

After our long Christmas break, then with a vacation thrown into the mix, it's been challenging to get back into the swing of things.  Plus, I'm leaving again for BEECH Retreat, so it seems even more difficult to get in our groove.

Confession, it's much more me than my kids!

So I did what any self-respecting homeschool moms does, I googled it.  I'm sure that I'm probably not the only one experiencing the winter funk, so here are a few things I have found around the web:

10 Ways to Keep the House Clean While Homeschooling - I need to put the "OHIO" into practice.

I'm thinking I have way too much stuff in our homeschool room - Our Minimalist Homeschool Room

Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter

The whole of unschooling becomes oh so interesting again - Minimalist Homeschooling: aka unschooling

5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Homeschool Day

Banishing the Winter Blues - February can be a challenging month

Why Are Homeschooled Kids so Annoying - January and February may be the time for a homeschool funk, but I'm glad I'm doing it anyway.

I've linked to this before, but it's worth mentioning again, I think I should listen to this at least once a week! Why Homeschool

And, when all else fails, sit down and read a book with the kids! 

Some encouraging homeschool books:

Stories for the Homeschool Heart

Catholic Education: Homeward Bound

Small Steps for Catholic Moms

Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool

Homeschool Mosiacs' Sanity Savers

Here's to all of us getting out of our funk asap so lessons can be completed when the weather gets warm again, it will get warm won't it?  What do you do to get out of a funk?


Judy Hoch said...

Thanks so much for including me, Jen! I totally agree that this time of year is tough--who knew that getting back into the swing of things after Christmas break could be so challenging?
Thanks for offering encouragement today. :-)

Jen4Ever4Always said...

Thank you for encouraging me with your clean school room!

Jen4Ever4Always said...

She does write great books!

Lori_KeepingItSimple said...

I'll check out those links! Just that title "why are homeschool kids so annoying", has me curious. :) I know yucky weather plays a big part in the being out of the groove- we are fortunate that even on the worst weather days, a walk or hike is usually still doable for us. Being able to get out helps- reading a book can also work wonders.

Anonymous said...

I just read the "homeschool kids...." article. That is awesome. And so encouraging. :) I have on of "those kids" and her perspective gives me so much clarity. Thank you for sharing. From Laurie @ keeping it simple.

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