Starting Back to School after Christmas

The gifts are exchanged.

The cookies are eaten.

The decorations are put away (mostly).

Dads (and moms) are back at work.

Life is slowly returning to normal.

And internally I’m groaning, “Does Christmas really have to be over?”

I was enjoying days of shopping and baking cookies, staying up late and sleeping in. I’m not ready to get back into real life. But mostly I’m not ready to get back to school.

Can you relate?

It can be difficult to face reality and get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break. So what’s a mom to do?

Remember the Reason We Homeschool

We each have a story and a reason for choosing to homeschool. When we are struggling with commitment, we have to remember those moments. Those moments can be our motivation to keep going when we feel like quitting.

For our family, it was a calling. We truly felt the Lord asking us to bring our son home and school him at home. I can’t deny that. Now, when it’s hard, is when I have to put that belief in action.

Start Slowly

We moms have a tendency to do it all and start everything all at once. But sometimes we need the extra rest. I was forced to learn that lesson this week.

Our weekly Tuesday classes were cancelled. Despite my initial misgivings, it was a blessing in disguise. We were able to sleep a little later and still get some school work done. Then we went to the library for some much needed audio books. Overall it was a great day that we would have missed sticking to my schedule.

Choose a couple of subjects to start your first week back to school. Then pick up the rest the following week. Or maybe your first week is a great week for review. Remember you’re the mom. You can do what works best for your family.

Spend time with God

Unfortunately I have learned the hard way that I can’t do this homeschooling deal all by myself. I need God’s help…sometimes every second of the day. When I daily spend time in His word, I am a much more effective mom and teacher.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7

Being a homeschooling mom isn’t easy.  The good news is God has given us everything we need to homeschool our children. He has given us the power to do a difficult job, the love to give our children when we don’t feel it and the self-discipline to work even when we’d rather play.

Change focus

So let’s put aside all of our fears and worries, hesitations and dreads. Instead let’s focus on the good of homeschooling our children.   As their moms, we are uniquely qualified to lead their education. No one knows them better than we do.

We see their strengths and weaknesses. We know what motivates them. We feel their fears and experience their worries. We also have the privilege of seeing them soar when they finally understand a difficult concept. And they need us.

Whether they like it or not, our children need us to make them wrestle with math and grammar. They need us to walk through the fine points of writing an essay. They need us to believe in them. They need our support.

So let’s give them that support this year.  Let’s refocus and remember why we homeschool.  Let’s start small and give it all to God.  And let’s remember their beautiful smiles and raucous laughter.  To me that makes all the hard work and early mornings worth it. 

Blessings to you as you homeschool in 2011.  May it be a year filled with God’s goodness.


The picture is my cat, Peaches.  I thought it was a perfect representation of how I felt after Christmas.


Alicia (10 Posts)

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  1. says

    What a great reminder! I was enjoying those days after Christmas, with nothing to get done, nothing on the calendar, and long lazy days. We do better with direction and a flow to the day – and the boys seemed to welcome it more than I did on Monday, they just continued on where they where when the books got put away. I went with the flow – and enjoyed the day.

    If you jump in with both feet though, you might end up on friday overwhelmed, under cleaned, and unsure if you should be homeschooling. Slow an easy!

  2. says

    I love the picture of the kitty. Mine love sleeping under the tree, too.
    It’s still officially christmas season here, but we did start slipping slowly back to school. I made up some review sheets, we’ve done a little bit of copywork, some computer based programs, and we are talking about the epiphany – a very gentle transition. It’s easier for all of us.

  3. says

    A horrid stomach virus from Christmas Eve to yesterday railroaded us into very slowly returning to school, probably tomorrow. Today’s will consist of laundry and Yahtzee!

  4. says

    After 23 years of homeschooling, I have come to love and appreciate starting back after Christmas. The break is good, but we all miss the routine, the feeling of productivity, and even some of our school books :) I totally agree with starting back slowly, in fact we ended slowly, too – continuing with 1/2 lessons for math, and alternating science and history. But by next week we’ll be back in full swing and Mama and Students will all by happy campers :)

  5. says

    I really needed to read this. I’ve felt guilty all week for getting a slow start back to school. Thanks for the encouragement! (Love the pic. of Peaches. :)

  6. says

    Great reminder to rely on God, and to remember that we determine the schedule! I tend to forget both of these concepts!

    Love the photo – I wish I could fit under my Christmas tree! I remember as a child looking up into the green boughs, seeing the lights from the inside, and being heady with the scent of fresh pine!

    Thanks for the post!


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