Ahhh, vacation time! I love the relaxed atmosphere in our home and the freedom to do what we want on any given day without the demands of school work. Much like returning from vacation to a whopping pile of smelling laundry, getting back to school can seem overwhelming and unappealing after a long break.
Everyone has different ideas for homeschooling through the holidays and homeschooling through the summer months. I have gone back and forth between doing a little bit of school throughout the year so that the kids don’t forget what they’ve learned and doing no school during school holidays so we can totally unplug and reset our clocks. Whichever route you choose, getting back to a full time school schedule with sports, clubs, homework and music practice can be tough.
5 Tips to Make Getting Back to School easier
Earlier bed times. Most of our family are not naturally early risers. That being the case, we tend to sleep later and generally take our mornings at a much slower pace during school breaks. An easy way to get ready to get back to the school schedule is to start going to bed earlier a week or so before getting back to school. By getting to bed early, kids naturally wake earlier and are rested.
Organize your stuff. Nothing like gathering everyone around the table for some inspired learning to realize that you can’t find your teacher’s guide, pencil or less plans. Take a lazy afternoon to go through your shelves and book cases to get ready to start so that you can get that momentum going more quickly.
Write it down. I don’t know if it is my age or the vast numbers of children I am homeschooling, but I am finding it harder and harder to remember everything. A simple solution, even for this unorganized mama, is to write down a simple checklist for the week for each child. From morning routines to school subjects, write it down and have the kids check off what they have completed.
Add to the schedule slowly. No need to do every subject as soon as school is back in session. This freedom is one of the many beauties of homeschooling.
Keep your eye on the big picture. No matter how rough your return to the routine goes, never forget to keep your eyes on the big picture. Homeschooling is good for families.
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