I am so ready for a break. It’s burnout season in homeschooling.
Late February and all of March are officially burnout season around here. Winter lasts a long time: melt will happen sometime in mid-April most years. That means that we deal with long nights, cold temperatures, and house-bound kids for a good, long, long time. It’s right about now that homeschooling starts to feel like a job (maybe even a dead-end job) rather than a calling (complete with angel choirs). Even the purchase of a new notebook, novel, or PostIt Note cannot lift this feeling. Gasp.
Take care of yourselves.
Take a break. Play games all week, snowshoe, go on field trips. Or just do a week-long unit study so that what you are learning and your routines seem utterly new.
Conveyor belt thinking invades our minds. How can it not? Almost all of us who have chosen to homeschool our children are products of the educational conveyor belt. To move 30 students forward from K to 12, the group needs to march steadily forward, regardless of the speed of individuals.
Humans, on the other hand, learn in spurts. We run for a while and then we walk. We move forward and then we move sideways. We dance in circles and then we leap over an obstacle.
Dance for a while.