It can be tough to survive spring fever in homeschooling, but these tips and free printable writing prompts can help!
Spring. That time of year when every homeschool parent wants to throw in the towel. Or better yet, grab a towel and a good book and head to the beach!
No? Just me?
Getting past the slump of spring is tough, and that tricky homeschool freedom makes it SO easy to slack.
How to Survive Spring Fever In Homeschooling
1. Focus on what you’ve accomplished.
Don’t waste another second worrying about what you haven’t finished yet. Stop stressing over the lesson pages you’re afraid will be left blank when you sit down to meet with your year-end evaluator.
Your family has accomplished so much this year! It’s easy to start panicking at this time of year about all the lessons we haven’t completed yet, but what we should be doing is taking some time to recognize all that we have achieved!
What positives has your family had this homeschool school year?
Sit down and make a list of milestones, achievements, and memories.
Spring is the perfect time to begin compiling and organizing your annual portfolios if your state requires them (or just for a keepsake). Seeing everything you’ve been working on all year reminds you how much you’ve accomplished and helps to relieve that spring panic you’re not doing enough.
2. Be mindful of the present in your school year.
Are the curriculum catalogs arriving your mailbox yet?
Curriculum catalogs are a sure sign of spring in the homeschool world. I have a love/hate relationship with those darn catalogs. They’re filled with pages of everything I want for next year and nothing I need right now.
Two things happen when I start flipping through them. One, I get really distracted by shiny new books and, two, I start second-guessing the choices I’m currently using. Suddenly, everything we’re using is all wrong, and I want to toss the year’s curriculum and start fresh. The only problem with that plan is that it’s still THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
Be present. You’ve got plenty of time to think about next year. For now, what can you do to finish this year strong?
3. Something is always better than nothing!
Homeschooling parents can turn just about anything into a learning experience. My kids hate this about me. Spring is the perfect time of year for lots of field trips. Book work and the daily grind is getting to everyone. Get out and about and call it school!
Need some ideas?
- Hit up all your favorite spots before the summer crowd arrives.
- Remember that reading a good book all day counts. Better yet, read outside in the sunshine!
- Turn a trip to the movies into a fun extension lesson. Write a movie review or compare and contrast the film to the book version.
- Visit museums, libraries, and parks.
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Spring clean and donate old toys, books, and clothing.
Switch things up a little to get out of that rut and survive the homeschool homestretch.
Download our April Writing Prompts for WUHS!
Hopefully, our writing prompt calendars can help give you some fresh ideas for your kids. Each month we’re sharing new writing prompts calendars for your crew. They’re great for all ages.
Our printable writing prompt calendar for April includes topics such as:
- April Fool’s Day
- National Poetry Day
- Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse
- Earth Day
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How do you survive spring fever in your homeschool?