January 7, 2014

Homeschooling After a Break

It's well known that kids aren't exactly keen on going back to school after mid-year breaks, and homeschooled kids are no exception, even those who love their lessons. Who enjoys getting back to the daily grind after a week of freedom?

Sneak's first experience with a comic book.

One of the good things about schooling at home is you can decide the length of breaks and how you go back to lessons. Personally, we allowed the girls to take a break starting the Saturday before Christmas until January 2. To ease the transition back into lessons, we started with light days of just their favorite subjects last week, and we've gone back into the full schedule this week. There was still a bit of whining. Like a lot of children, the girls need to know why they need to study their subjects to find their motivation, so discussions on the why and how of their curriculum helped.

If you're new to homeschooling, you may expect your students to just jump back into their studies without a fuss. But they're children. They're humans. Given a taste of days filled with nothing but play, there's always going to be a bit of push back against going back to work. Don't let it throw you.

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