Happy (almost) Spring! Are you ready for March homeschooling!?
Are you eager to ditch winter and dive into spring!?!
We’re ready for you, March!
Here’s the thing about (almost) spring though…
It can feel a tad confusing.
In many parts of the northern hemisphere, (where I happen to live) weather can vary dramatically depending on location. It ranges from freezing in some places, to downright warm in others. Snow, sleet, hail, wind, rain or… Sunshine, breezes, flowers, and rainbows.
Often times, there’s just no telling!
And if you suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year can be completely miserable.
As soon as I see those beautiful little pink cherry blossoms appear, I know I’m in trouble.
I developed seasonal allergies several years back and along with the watering eyes and constant sneezing, I battle migraines as well.
So while I live in a place that is gloriously beautiful this time of year, my physical wellness does not reflect my surroundings. It’s really important that I practice solid self-care.
For me, this looks like drinking plenty of water, having allergy medication on hand, enjoying tea with local honey, practicing yoga consistently, and taking naps when I’m feeling run down.
But while March doesn’t always feel as straightforward as some of the other months, here’s what I know for sure:
We can still benefit from some serious inspiration and motivation to help us with our March homeschooling!
The spring equinox, (when day and night are equal) is mid-March. For basketball fans, March Madness begins. We’ve got Saint Patrick’s Day this month. And religious holidays like Passover and Easter are right around the corner.
And here is what I’ve learned after close to a decade of homeschooling: March can be pretty awesome OR it can be a total doozy.
If we can keep our perspective and practice solid self-care, we’re already establishing a strong foundation. And I’ve learned some effective ways to keep things positive and engaging all month long.
How about plenty of inspiration and motivation for our March Homeschooling?
Let’s focus on POSSIBILITY this month!
Quick note: For my friends in the southern hemisphere, I realize you’re experiencing fall this time of year, so feel free to bookmark this post for your spring.
Here are some simple ways to enjoy possibility during this month of March homeschooling:
1. Get outside!
Whether you’re enjoying mild temps or still needing to bundle up to deal with frigid air temps, get outside!
Now, to be fair, I live in California.
And not like the Sierra Nevada mountains part of California.
I live in a very temperate climate and I have never had to contend with things like shoveling snow or frozen pipes. So if you’re shaking your head at me and muttering under your breath, I get it.
But look, it’s been super rainy here over the past two weeks! And despite the wet weather, I tried to get out as much as I could. My two favorite walks of last week, in fact, took place in the rain. I grabbed my rain jacket and off I went. By the end of my walks, my shoes were soaked through. But it was totally worth it!
I NEVER regret spending time outdoors. I ALWAYS feel invigorated, grateful, and energized.
So regardless of what the weather is doing, do your best to get outside.
If you can, take a brisk walk alone.
If you have little ones, get them appropriately dressed, grab some snacks, and head out.
And if you’re parenting multiple ages, go to the park for a picnic or take a hike together.
Pay attention to any seasonal changes you see sprouting up all around you.
Are there leaves beginning to fill out tree branches?
Do you hear more birdsong when you listen closely?
What do you observe that signals the transition to spring?
Get outside and have an adventure!
2. Mix things up
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. What were once life-giving routines may start to feel mundane.
How about mixing things up?
If you’re a morning coffee drinker, why not try tea for a change?
How about beginning the morning with a board game, read-aloud, or documentary?
If your first subject of the day is usually math, consider starting with history.
Switch up your exercise routine. Make tacos on Mondays instead of Tuesdays. Spend some time each afternoon doing some independent reading.
You get the idea!
To re-energize, consider mixing things up!
3. Celebrate the spring equinox
Most of the world’s religions celebrate the arrival of spring in some form or another. Take your own religious and spiritual traditions and learn about their origins and significance.
And paying attention to your natural surroundings is a simple way to connect to the season.
Be sure to check out 10 lovely books to welcome spring for plenty of inspiration.
There are plenty of simple ways to celebrate the spring equinox.
4. Add something new
About this time of year, our homeschooling routine can start to feel a bit stale. It’s normal to feel antsy or on the other hand, lethargic.
Consider adding something new.
A new book for each family member.
Or a new board game.
A new documentary, movie, playlist, podcast, recipe, restaurant, field trip…
There are so many possibilities!
Add something new to bring energy and new life to your days.
5. Surprise your kids
Don’t stress, this can be SUPER simple! It doesn’t need to require lots of planning, tons of money, or limitless energy.
Depending on your current situation, consider the following:
Announce a day off of school and load up the car to get doughnuts and take a hike.
Declare a pajama and movie day and relax at home with popcorn.
Pack up and head to the coffee shop to play a board game over coffee and hot chocolate.
Throw in an element of surprise and reignite the love of being together and learning.
Remember, keeping your perspective and practicing solid self-care will serve you well this season.
Here’s a recap of ideas to incorporate:
- Get outside!
- Mix things up
- Celebrate the spring equinox
- Add something new
- Surprise your kids
I hope that some of these ideas spark your interest and bring some whimsy and adventure to your homeschooling. Wishing you joy during this (almost) springtime, before we head into (real) spring!
Now, be sure to check out the following posts for plenty of inspiration and motivation to help with your homeschooling throughout the year!
- January Homeschooling
- February Homeschooling
- April Homeschooling
- May Homeschooling
- June Homeschooling
- July Homeschooling
- August Homeschooling
- September Homeschooling
- October Homeschooling
- November Homeschooling
- December Homeschooling
I’m confident you’ll find lots of support, encouragement, and inspiration from these posts!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful March, full of whimsy and possibility!