Do you have a hard time re-starting after New Year’s (when all the holiday fuss is over)? What do you do to bring everyone back into the swing of things?
I usually re-read a good parenting or homeschool book to motivate myself (sometimes I do that all year-LOL) & I work on purging and organizing. I map out how far we have gotten, evaluate our progress & plan the rest of our year. It’s almost like the beginning of the year, only more pressure. It helps me to see a roadmap. For the kids, it helps to see what is behind them & have a broken down, bite-sized idea of what they have left to accomplish. I have teens, though. It’s a different stage than elementary.
Overall, I’d say this has been a much smoother return after Christmas break than I expected!
First, ya’ll are assuming we were ever in the swing of things! I feel like every year there is something dramatic going on that gets in our way of keeping up with lessons the way I plan them. The holidays gives me time to catch up, regroup and refocus. Having a few weeks of goofing off like it’s summertime does make for a tough transition when suddenly momma wants quiet mornings full of math and writing.
I break them in gently, fun unit studies and refreshing of the basics. I make a couple fun breakfasts and start out with a few science experiments or history crafts.
How do you get restarted?