Spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but we still have some school to wrap up. But how do you stay focused with that big ball of sunshine hovering overhead?
Doesn’t your homeschool have a case of Spring Fever? you know what I’m talking about. Those longing eyes staring out the window, the lack of motivation to complete schoolwork, the difficult getting the day going?
Here are 4 suggestions on how to combat Spring Fever, embrace the weather, and still get school accomplished.
#1 – Start Your Morning with a Walk
If your weather is warm enough, start your day with an after-breakfast walk. Getting some fresh air and some exercise can get the mind working and the blood pumping. Plus, why keep all that weather on the other side of your double-paned windows?
#2 Break Up the Day
Start your morning with the harder subjects and get them out of the way. Then take a break. Do something fun and outside, if possible, before coming back in to the other subjects. Breaking up the day with fun outdoor break time can make the day go faster.
#3 Have a spontaneous Field Trip Day
In the Spring we like to take a mid-week fieldtrip to break up the week and get out of the house. After a winter of practically hibernating, getting out of the house more often is a welcomed change. Plus, who said all the learning has to at the house?
#4 Move class outdoors
I can’t emphasize this enough. There is NO reason not to have class outside from time to time. Barring severe allergic reactions to pollen and grass I suppose. But getting outside for some of your subjects is a great way to embrace the weather AND get things done. If there is reading to do, whether it is a classic literature book you are reading aloud to the kids or a time for the older ones to read science or economics for themselves, why not do so in a hammock, treehouse, deck chair or on a blanket under the tree in a park. You might even find you do some exploring after your are finished with your work and find you aren’t even counting the house until the end of the day but enjoying the day. (Gasp!)
What things do you do to combat spring fever in your school?