Winter homeschooling provides the opportunity for reading by the fire, bread baking days, and bottomless pots of hot cocoa. But you and I both know that it can also mean stir crazy kids (and mamas!) that haven’t seen the sun in DAYS!!
Personally, I love winter, but since moving to Minnesota almost three years ago, I’ve learned this the hard way: Winter homeschooling requires back-up!
Back-up like fresh, new art classes, science kits that we have more time for in the winter, fresh curriculum to change things up a bit. I watch for deals on art supplies, new read alouds, audio books, and winter specific curriculum.
Inspiring and life-giving resources for ME are another important thing I stock pile for winter time. I can always use a pick-me-up on those long days when we’re stuck inside and everyone is on edge.
I start stocking up early in the school year, especially as the holiday sales start to hit, with winter homeschooling in mind.
Gathering the Goods for Winter Homeschooling
I’m sure you have some tricks up your sleeves of some awesome resources that will save your bacon this winter. The following are my favorite tricks.
The goal is not to just mindlessly buy things. I like to think about what my kids have gotten sucked into in the past–the things that really grab their attention. For us it’s things like, audio stories, chalk pastels, games, and history to name a few. They love things they can grab and do on their own. Anything that gives opportunity to go outside and enjoy nice winter days are also a bonus!
When you know what you’re looking for, you’re already on your way to a peaceful, cozy winter homeschooling experience. Congratulations, let’s do this!