Some folks call it the “winter blues”, but whatever you call it, I’m pretty sure I’ve got it! I suffer from SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The key is continuing on, taking it a day at a time. But there are a few things I’m learning can help me homeschool through those long, dark days of winter.
I need to keep praying!
I need to get outside!
Natural light is a natural mood booster, so if I can get outdoors, even in less-than-perfect weather and especially on a sunny day, I need to do so! I can take a field trip. We can go to the library. I can round up the kids and take a drive in the country. Just spending a few minutes outside in the yard can make a big difference in how I feel!
I need to stay active!
On those cold winter mornings it’s hard sometimes to poke a big toe out of the covers, let alone get up and be active! But for years researchers have known exercise releases endorphins that act as natural spirit-lifters. A regular exercise regimen is ideal, but just being active around the house can have a huge impact on how I feel.
I need to change things up a little!
Sometimes I have to quit being so rigid about the scheduling and try something different in our homeschool day, just to break up the monotony. The occasional snow day, (even if there’s no snow!) can be just what the doctor ordered, but it’s also pretty amazing what a help it can be just to ditch the norm for a day or two. Here are a few ideas for those days when maybe you need a break from the usual routine and the normal schoolwork:
- Spend a day cooking up some of your favorite recipes
- Scour Pinterest for simple science projects to do together
- Work on art projects or handicrafts. The ENTIRE DAY.
- Create a lapbook about something the kids have been studying
- Spend a whole day reading, whether out loud as a group or individually
- Head out for a field trip!
- Spend the day watching videos, movies, or documentaries related to your recent studies.
- Construct a Colonial Army tent in your child’s bedroom or reenact the Battle of Waterloo in your family room
- Have a Home Ec day where everyone works together to pick up, clean, and organize the home
- Play board games together
Learning is hardly confined to workbooks and lectures and regular routines. Sometimes a change of pace can help me relax and refocus, not to mention it can encourage some remarkable learning in my kiddos!
I need to watch what I’m eating!
Spring has a way of putting a little bounce back into our homeschool. I think it’s a combination of warmer weather, more daylight hours, the rebirth of nature, and homeschool conventions! But until that time, I want to carry on in our homeschool to the best of my ability!