Do you have a case of the “February Blues”? And Is it negatively impacting your February homeschooling?
The holidays are over, it’s the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, and spring still seems oh-so-far away.
February can be tough.
In fact, there’s an understanding among homeschoolers everywhere that February is often the most challenging month of the year.
Many of us want to throw in the towel.
We entertain the idea of sending our kids off to school.
We fantasize about the end of the school year.
But does it have to be this way?
There must be some simple ways to incorporate more enthusiasm into our days!
How do we get our February homeschooling to feel more fun and joyful?
Quick note: For my friends in the southern hemisphere, I realize you’re experiencing summer this time of year, so feel free to bookmark this post for your winter!
Instead of just surviving, isn’t there a way for us to thrive!?
Here are some simple ideas to provide inspiration to your February homeschooling:
1. February Favorites
What are some of your favorite things? What about your children?
Brainstorm meals, songs, books, movies, games, places, and any other favorites you can come up with!
Take a few minutes and make a list of these things. At the top of the list put, “February Favorites”.
Now, here’s what you’re going to do:
You are going to incorporate as many of these favorites into February as you can!
Is pizza a family favorite?
Have it more frequently this month.
Do you have a child who loves to play board games?
Take a morning off from all other subjects and do nothing but play games.
Does your family have a favorite movie?
Grab some popcorn, cozy up under some blankets, and watch it together.
Spend February with as many of your favorites as you can.
2. Consider Outsourcing
I am a huge proponent of outsourcing!
It is a sanity-saving, community building, simplicity creating, LIFESAVER!
Is there a subject that is causing you some serious grief right now?
Does math make you want to pull your hair out?
Is science proving to be way too time-consuming?
Are you struggling to teach your children writing?
Then it’s time to outsource!
Maybe it’s time to team up with another homeschooling friend and trade-off on teaching.
Or perhaps an in-person homeschooling class, co-op, or tutor would help you out significantly.
If you feel like you’re struggling right now, know that this is SO common and that you’re not alone.
There is no shame in asking for help.
In fact, I encourage you to outsource as much as you need to in order to feel like you’re back on solid ground.
For more detailed suggestions on how to outsource, including specific vendors, make sure to check out my post, Outsource Your Homeschooling to Save Your Sanity!
3. Book and Movie Combo
Choose a book that has a movie version as well. Spend time this month reading aloud together and then follow it up with a movie.
Looking for suggestions?
Factor in the age and stage of your children, and then consider one of the following:
Hit the library or pull a book from your bookshelf and start a cozy read-aloud.
Then once you’ve finished, grab some popcorn, get cozy, and watch a movie version of the book.
4. Field Trip
Is there a local field trip you’ve been wanting to take for a while?
February just might be the month for you to do it!
Don’t forget to check with your local public library for free and discount tickets to local attractions.
If winter weather is prohibitive, or if you don’t have the ability to travel out and about for a field trip, you might want to consider purchasing a membership to Field Trip Zoom. This is an online service that provides the opportunity for you to attend a variety of field trips virtually.
Full disclosure: I do not have a Field Trip Zoom membership, nor have I ever attended one of their virtual field trips. But I’ve heard great things about this service from fellow homeschoolers and have read many positive reviews.
How about prioritizing games this month?
My son happens to be a games-lover, through and through. He would play them for hours, all day long if he could.
My daughter, however, isn’t a big fan of games. It’s just not her thing.
So I tend to justify foregoing games since it’s not something all three of us enjoy doing.
And honestly, with various academic subjects and extracurricular activities competing for our attention, it’s easy for me to stick games at the bottom of our list.
But here’s the thing: My son and I have a blast when we spend time playing games together!
My daughter is perfectly content to do her independent school work, read, or tackle some other creative project while my son and I play.
It’s an arrangement that all three of us are happy with.
So recently, my son and I have decided to prioritize playing games.
We never finish a game without laughing!
And this laughter and our resulting good moods carry us into the rest of our homeschool day.
If you’d like some inspiration on a wide variety of games, I encourage you to listen to The Homeschool Sisters Podcast all about games!
Grab your coffee or tea and consider diving into some games first thing in the morning.
Remember, February is often a challenging month.
It is totally normal to battle the “February Blues” and to contemplate calling it quits on homeschooling
So rest assured that you’re not alone and that there are some simple things you can do to carry you through the rest of your winter homeschooling
In summary, here is your simple list of ways to bring more joy into your February homeschooling:
- List Your “February Favorites”
- Consider Outsourcing
- Book and Movie Combo
- Go on Field Trips
- Play Games
Remind yourself that February can be a challenging month for homeschoolers everywhere. You are not alone so don’t despair!
And be sure to check out the following monthly posts to help you simplify and streamline your homeschooling all year long!
- January Homeschooling
- March Homeschooling
- April Homeschooling
- May Homeschooling
- June Homeschooling
- July Homeschooling
- August Homeschooling
- Septemeber Homeschooling
- October Homeschooling
- November Homeschooling
- December Homeschooling
I’m confident that these posts will provide you with plenty of support, motivation, and inspiration!