Once school is back in full swing (and many homeschooling families have been back to the grind for several weeks now), it doesn’t take long before kids are starting to get squirmy. They get behind on their schoolwork; they get behind on their chores; and they have trouble finding the motivation or the desire to catch up. The longer they feel this way, the harder it is for them to get motivated to catch up, and the further behind they fall.
Luckily, there are remedies for this sort of slump.
Change it up. Take a field trip. This might be to the library, or to someplace more exciting; but as long as it breaks the monotony of the normal school week, it will give them something to look forward to—and motivation to get it in gear again.
Get messy. Shake things up, get out your science experiments or other goop, and dig your hands in. Make a mess! What’s the worst that can happen?
Change your schedule. Start school earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. Do things in a different order for a chance. See what a difference it makes in your overall attitude and your child’s. You never know—you might just discover a new way of doing things.
Go outside! Take your kids outside and do your learning there for the day. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a different lesson than usual—just a different place to hold it. Consider a picnic or some other special treat while you’re out there.
Turn up the music. Get loud, have , and dance together. Look for an excuse for some physical activity for all of you—because that’s one of the fastest ways to get a lethargic kid moving again.
All in all, the secret to breaking a slump is simple: do something new and interesting. You never know: it might get you thinking again, too!