‘Back to school’ is normally a crazy busy time, and it’s rarely the exception for home schoolers. At times, I think, it’s even more difficult for us to make the transition! The environment is the same, the people are the same, but the calendar says things have to change. We have to transition from days just chilling in our nighties and waking up late, scoffing granola and watching documentaries, to eating a proper cooked porridge, getting dressed at a reasonable time and getting the school work done.
The key to a smooth transition is, again, a solid routine.
Get out of bed a 6am, get dressed, brush teeth, comb hair, wash face. Make the beds. Eat breakfast. School, breaks, some more school. Then extra murals. Have these up on a wall somewhere so everyone knows what’s expected of them.
There’s no need to give everyone’s systems a shock! You don’t HAVE to start off the first day with 2 chapters of This Country of Ours! Slowly ease back into it. Give yourself (and your kids!) some grace. Divide the first week’s prescribed work between two weeks, and plan this into your initial planning (it helps that we only have 3 academic terms in a year!). Have fun along with the work. Try and start off with more physical/practical Math before diving into too much ‘book work’. Remember, learning should be fun!
Have things to look forward to!
WE have a few ‘content heavy’ days in a week (Mondays are History, Tuesdays are Science, Thursdays are Geography) BUT we weave lots of fun into it! I make a point of always incorporating a Science experiment on Tuesdays we’re planning a play for George Washington (History), Art days are always a treat (Wednesdays), Geography sometimes feature an experiment or craft, or even a short film or YouTube clip (like Paddle to the Sea). Fridays are always great- nature walks, co-op, Poetry Tea Time! The kids simply can’t wait. And then it starts all over again.
My kids seriously LOVE school, and hate school holidays. I don’t say this lightly! So somewhere, somehow, I must be doing something right 😉
What do you do to get back ‘into the swing of things’? Let me know in the comments!