Conquer the Slump and Revive Your Homeschool!
I so get it! This is the time of the year that most of us hit a homeschool slump season. Yep, you’re not alone. This is perfectly normal. In fact, it is actually a good thing to happen, do you know why? Because it gives you a chance to reevaluate your homeschool, rethink what is working and what is not, and refocus on your priorities your priorities.
I am a firmer believer that taking homeschool breaks often are really necessary and beneficial to our homeschool. A long break, even the Holidays break, should not be seen as a roadblock but a chance to readjust your homeschool. The reality is that we should refresh our routines often and even the long Holidays break help us to do so.
So, if you were discouraged about the hitting the homeschool slump, don’t be! This is a chance to truly give your homeschool a makeover and restart it better than ever!
3 Things You Can Do NOW To Revive Your Homeschool.
1 – Revive Your Homeschool By Creating A Homeschool Blueprint
What in the world is a homeschool blueprint? Great question! I didn’t have one when I started either so I was clueless about it.
Just as a house needs a blueprint and a strong foundation to be built on, so does your homeschool. Your homeschool blueprint consists of your why, your goals, and your mission for your homeschool. Boy, I wish I knew how important it is to have these all defined before I started my homeschooling journey. I was building my homeschool on a sinking sand and we were all hating homeschooling.
- What is your why for homeschooling your kids?
- What is your goal for this year’s homeschool and for each one of your child?
- What is your homeschool mission statement?
These are the things that keep your eyes on the prize! Knowing these will help you keep focused and motivated. It gives your clarity and direction. You need a homeschool blueprint!
It took me hitting a roadblock and almost throwing in the towel to stop and create a blueprint for our homeschool, then building it from there. Our homeschool is now strong, peaceful, and joyful! If you need help creating your homeschool blueprint, grab my ebook and mini-course here for only $17! I will guide you step-by-step.
2 – Revive Your Homeschool By Easing Back Into Your New Homeschool Routine
To expect to have a full productive homeschool routine right away after a long Holiday break is unrealistic! After 2-3 weeks of doing no homeschool at all, even I get lazy. So don’t even try it! You need to ease back into your homeschool routine and slowly add a bit more each day or two. Especially if you have just designed a new homeschool routine for your kids and all of you need to adjust to it.
Here is my biggest tip to help you and your kids get excited about getting back into your homeschool routine – add a lot of fun to it!! Bring out the games, there are tons of fun educational games that teach our kids so much. Plan a back-to-our-homeschool-routine field trip. Make it exciting and relaxing!
We normally easy back into our routine with a new read aloud my kids have been asking to read, a new lapbook to create, a new topic we’ve chosen to learn about… see the similarity here? NEW things! New things are always exciting, so when you need to ease back into your homeschool routine add a new element that will excite the kids and create that element of expectation. Got it?
3 – Reviving Your Homeschool By Outsourcing It
Who said you need to do it all, mama? You can add tons of fun new stuff to your homeschool and not have to teach any of it! That’s right. With so many options online, you can outsource some of your homeschool lessons and have some more time for yourself or catch up with laundry while listening to an audiobook or a podcast.
There is no shame in outsourcing your homeschool, no one will think less of you because of you. You will not be less on a Proverbs 31 for it. On the contrary! Outsourcing your homeschool is very wise and sometimes really needed.
My kids have enjoyed so far this year doing online unit studies, amazing art pastel classes, a course on classical composers, and they even took online grammar lessons. They also do all their math online and absolutely love it!!! Not counting watching awesome documentaries on Pure Flix and using apps like Brain Pop, ABCmouse, Mystery of Science, Epic, and so many other fun ways to outsource their learning. And why make it digital?
Ready To Conquer The Slump And Revive Your Homeschool?
This guest post was written by Ana Willis. Ana is the beyond blessed homeschool mom of 3, wife, former full-time pastor and health coach turned into blogger, social media and online marketing strategist, and a blog party expert. Her full-time ministry is now to encourage, inspire and empower moms online helping them go from stressed to blessed.
Ana is the founder of They Call Me Blessed and the creator of 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years, Grow Your Blog Partying in 30 Days, and the NEW Beyond Blessed Life Planners. She leads a vibrant online community for moms on Facebook and you can connect with her at www.facebook.com/theycallmeblessedblog.
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