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How to homeschool when you don’t feel motivated

What do you do when you just don’t feel like homeschooling your kids? When it just seems like another chore in a long list of never-ending demands on your time and energy? Here are some tips to help you keep homeschooling when you don’t feel motivated!

Homeschooling when you don’t feel Motivated

It’s February already and I am having trouble being motivated. School, blogging, even housework, just seems like too much. I’d just rather do the “have-to” chores and leave the rest for later. Or just a nap, even. I guess I’ve got the wintertime blues.

So, how do you homeschool when you or your kids don’t feel motivated to do anything? Well, I don’t have all of the answers to this questions, since I’m still struggling with the wintertime blues, but I can share what I have done that has helped me.

Just Do the Basics

As homeschool moms, we sometimes tend to be overachievers. We buy ALL the curriculums because they look so amazing. I ended up buying two math programs for Superman this year, because he really liked the one that he used last year, but I wanted to try Life of Fred. So the first part of the year, we would do two different math programs each day. 2 pages in his main math and a lesson in Life of Fred. Since Christmas, we have only been doing one of them each day.

There is no rule that says you have do every page in every book. It’s ok sometimes to only do half of the problems on the page. Or skip the writing portion of the history lesson. Remember, you are the teacher. You are in charge of the lesson planning, so don’t make it harder on yourself than you have to, especially when you are struggling.

Take a Sick Day

Teachers sometimes get to call in sick, right? Or take a snow day. Obviously, it’s not a long term solution, but it’s ok to take a day off every once in a while. Everybody can curl up on the couch with a good book, or build a tower with Legos, or watch a history documentary. Just taking a day to rest can make a difference for days to come.

Student-Led Learning

The other day, I was working at my computer and Superman came running with a book in hand. “Mommy, can I do some of these science experiments?” I kind of groaned because science experiments mean messes, and most of the time I have to help. So I told him that he could do some, but that he had to clean up the mess when he was done. I did have to help a little bit, but he did the experiments mostly on his own. So it was a great time of hands-on learning for him with minimal work for me. Win-win!

Do something different

Sometimes when you hit a motivational wall, it’s a good time to step back from the scheduled studies and do something that makes you excited. For us, it tends to be read-alouds or hands-on projects that help us get out of our rut. Maybe it’s time to find an amazing Historical Fiction book or a hands-on science activity. They are good for sneaky, non-textbook-y learning any time of the year!

Celebrate the little victories

When you have tried everything you can think of to get out of your motivational slump, and you are still struggling, sometimes you just have to muddle through. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get done in that amount of time. Do the two pages in the math book, and celebrate that you finished! When everyone finishes school for the day, take a walk or go to the library to mark the end of another school day.

So what do you do when you don’t feel like teaching? I’d love to hear your secrets, because I really can’t wait until spring!

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