“It’s only the beginning of the school year, why are we already talking about taking a homeschool break?”
Trust me, even if you don’t think you will need a homeschool break now, the time will come, my friend… the time will come.
My first day of homeschooling was spent with me running between my bathroom, closet, and kitchen table trying not to cry in front of my daughter. Last year, our first day of school went off without a hitch… well, until a fight broke out, whining ensued, a kid started crying, and I sent everyone to their rooms for the day.
It happens to all of us at times. And these are the perfect times to take a homeschool break.
You may have just gotten started but if you find yourself having a “moment” and you need a sanity break, here are ten things you can do and still feel good at the end of the day.
1. Take your family geocaching.
If you have never gone geocaching before, chances are you will love it. Not only can the whole family get involved but you can call it your geography lesson for the day!
2. Ask your local homeless or animal shelter how you can help.
At the homeless shelter, you could chat with the residents or organize the pantry or clothes closet. The animal shelter might have you walk or play with the animals to help socialize them more, or help with cleaning out the kennels. Both places almost always accept bottled water or other donations.
3. Go to a local park and have a scavenger hunt.
This gets everyone out in nature and having to pay close to attention to their surroundings. If you have a bird or tree/plant identification book, take it and spend some time looking for those particular species of birds and plants.
4. Choose an ethnic restaurant you’ve never tried.
Go have lunch! With everyone out of their comfort zone, this will give you lots of opportunities to talk about being brave and polite. Trying new things together always creates memories. If you don’t have one around you, choose a country and research what a typical meal might look like, then go purchase the ingredients and make it at home.
5. Have a baking day.
Bake cookies, muffins, pastries, anything...together. Encourage your children to write notes of encouragement or bible verses to their friends. Take time to drive to each of their houses to deliver the baked goods and notes. Chances are, they need a homeschool break, too and you can sneak in some “mom fellowship” time.
6. Put your kids in charge for the day.
Give your kids $20 and tell them they need to plan tonight’s dinner. Have them create a menu and a grocery list, then take them to the store and let them shop without your input. Once they get home, they have to make the meal – don’t forget the clean up!
7. Have a game day!
Pull out all the fun and educational games you have and tell them that today you will play them ALL. You can up the stakes by keeping track of who wins each game. Winner gets the night off from chores.Trust me, even if you don’t think you will need a homeschool break now, the time will come, my friend… the time will come.Click To Tweet
8. Watch a video or check out a book on impressionism.
Afterward, head to the park or botanical gardens with watercolors and have the kids choose a scene to paint like an impressionist. Homeschool art, homeschool history…check and check.
9. Give your kids an iPad or phone with a stop motion app…
…and have them recreate a story, or have them create their own story. Pull out the popcorn and watch it together.
10. Have a PE day.
Go on a long walk, bike ride, kayak, roller skate, etc. Set up an obstacle coarse with things you have around your house and challenge each other to it. Getting your kids’ bodies moving helps so much when they’re needing a break!
As you can see, a homeschool break doesn’t even have to mean an actual break from homeschooling. Oftentimes, it’s just that we need a break from the monotony that sometimes happens, even at the beginning of the school year. The kids need these breaks as much as we do as homeschool moms!
If you get to the end of the year and it turns out that you never needed to just take a day off, please, for the LOVE of Pete, send me an email and tell me how you did it!
Angela is a lover of God, people and coffee. She is the wife to Steven, her wanna-be Ninja Warrior husband, mother to her four entertaining children, and in her free time can be found…wait…free time?? Visit Angela at Schooling With Grace and hang out with her on Facebook and Pinterest – she can’t keep up with anything else.
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