Tips to Avoid the Winter Blues in Your Homeschool

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Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 8.33.51 PMWinter is typically the hardest time of our homeschool year. The weather, lack of sunlight, and the hibernation mode that go with it can create a drag that can translate into a real bummer for you and your kids. Over my 18 years of homeschooling, I’ve learned a few tricks, and basically it all boils down to having some things that are:
Fresh
New
Exciting
Different
Fun
Inspiring
Comforting
Special!

So today on Periscope (come follow me there @enrichmenthome) I shared a bunch of ideas for ways to help shake off the winter blues and keep them away, while embracing the seasonal realities.  I thought I would list a bunch of them here along with links to specific resources that I recommended.

Fresh art supplies:  I recommend our favorite painting supplies here, and tell about Gelli Plates here.  You can visit Deep Space Sparkle here.  Do this fun 3D hand art project, too!

Coloring books for grown ups (I’ve got a free one for you here)

Fresh school supplies!

Music lessons!  I recommend Center Stage Guitar for super affordable at-home guitar lessons for the whole family!  I recently sent out a special offer from them that included a 50% off coupon.  Check it out here.

Board games!  Julie from Brave Writer had a great scope about that recently.  You can watch it here.

Some of our favorite games are:

Settlers of Catan

Blink

Set

Sequence

Dutch Blitz

Pit

And the game I was thinking of on the scope that Julie’s son Noah told about that I couldn’t think of is Pandemic.  I thought it sounded great for my kids because of the types of things they would learn about jobs in science and medicine, and also Noah mentioned having naturally picked up a lot of awareness of world geography through playing the game.  Stealth education, yo!

Movie marathons!  I mentioned Planet Earth, and it is wonderful and amazing!

Brownies and hot cocoa!  Here’s a link to my homemade hot cocoa recipe.  It’s so good!

Sledding, skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing!  So much fun and joy!

bake bread:  I’ve been making this super easy 3 minute whole wheat bread, and my 12 year old makes it now!

watch winter sports:  college basketball is pretty fun, and March Madness is really exciting, especially if you are rooting for an awesome team like the UK Wildcats!  Woot! Go Big Blue!

Can you beat the winter blahs by going on a vacation or planning one?

Kindle/ipad games that they kids can play alone or cooperatively with one another

quiet reading time with our favorite super cozy blankets

host a family that you like for dinner

poetry teatimes/poetry pizza/poetry pub

plan fun events with friends like sledding, ice skating, movies, rollerskating, etc.

make snow ice cream!

fun new ways to learn things like business math from Simply Charlotte Mason

hunting/trapping

indoor exercise:  rebounder, treadmill, jumping jacks, push ups and pull up contests

other exercise:  exercise classes, memberships to fitness center or pool in your area

build cozy forts and tents!  I mentioned Audible memberships for audio books.  Click here to try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks!

I’m sure there are a lot more, but this is a starter list.  What ideas would you include on this list?




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