JMJ *The week before school commences again is a good time to get back in the habit of getting up earlier, adjusting your household time zone, so it is not a shocker, and nobody experiences that tired “jet lag” feeling the first week back in school.
(Easing back into the routine ideas, located below, after the school diary)
Ring the School Bell 79/180 days
Besides getting back into the academic routine, which is going so so, a highlight this week included ice-skating outdoors in 70-degree weather. What? Is that even possible? Yes, it is, with the right ice-making equipment and our very own Zamboni ice-resurfacer!
We took photos of ourselves, with a southern California background of palm trees silhouetted against the grey sky. Lucky us, we had the small rink practically to ourselves, as most of the school population was back in their brick and mortar buildings. The ice was a little off, but even so, it gave us somewhat of a sense of winter.
A little after-Christmas shopping produced a couple more light-up trees and an adorable outdoor “Bumbles” decoration, that lights up and everything. Bumbles is the monster character with a toothache, on the very dated show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, that we still watch every year. Bumbles will add interest to my very “unique” collection of decorations. I say unique, because what you find on clearance after Christmas, are often the special leftovers that were picked over, or returned. Kind of like what you might find on the island of misfit toys on Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer!
How to ease back into the homeschool routine
- Getting back into academics after a break doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience. Start slow. Mix work with play. This is exactly what we did when we took the afternoon off and went ice-skating. The kids and I get a little depressed if we go full-time with the academics right away.
- I leave math off of the schedule for a couple of weeks, because that is currently our most intense subject. We get warmed-up, so to speak, with the less demanding subjects, then proceed to add the rest.
- I don’t know about you, but I do get up later during school breaks. It happens every time, and it also happens with my children, whom I usually need to go pull out of bed every morning, Melissa excepted. The week before school commences, is a good time to get back into the habit of getting up earlier, adjusting your household time zone, so it is not a shocker, and nobody experiences that tired “jet lag” feeling the first week back in school.
- For the first few weeks back, make meals simple, and keep chores to a minimum, to allow everyone a little mental adjustment time to the new pressures of academics.
- Be positive and praise your kids as they plow through their activities. Remind them and yourself, that a balanced life does include work, and vacations would not be so exciting if they lasted the whole year. Well, maybe a year sabbatical would be nice every now and then!
Any other ideas out there?
(Super fun fold&cut snowflake patterns, pictured above and designed by me, for ages middle school and up, can be found at www.paperflurry.etsy.com)
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette