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For as long as I’ve been homeschooling, I’ve known about the February blahs. Some call them the Winter Blues. The point is we’ve all been there. It’s the time of year where we are passed Christmas – passed the midway point of the year. Possibly, we are getting weary of the curriculum we are using and tired of being cooped up in our house all day, trying to escape the frigid temperatures. Maybe we are longing for the beauty of Spring or the warm of Summer.
So, when you are trapped here in this space what do you do? Here is a quick list of how to beat the February blahs. Take a break and regain your sanity. The age and grade level of your kids will determine what you will choose to use off this list, but when my older ones were little I would take a day “off” to lift everyone’s spirits.
Overcoming the February Blahs
Scrap the curriculum today and …
Cozy up on the couch and read great books! When mine were younger, we enjoyed Five in a Row.
Have a poetry tea time a la Brave Writer.
Break out the board games and have some fun.
If it’s snowing outside – get out and enjoy it! Then come back in and make some hot chocolate.
Take a trip to the library and pick out some new books.
Take a field trip to the zoo, a science museum, or a landmark.
Build Lego models of whatever you are studying in history.
Bake with your kids – teach them math with measuring cups and brush up on their reading as they learn to make a yummy treat!
Watch education videos. We love Drive Thru History: Ancient History.
Let your kids create: have an art day. Get out the pencils, paints, pastels & charcoal. Let them make something memorable as you read their history, science, or literature books. Try these artist tiles – my kids love them.
Go on a nature walk and get some fresh air.
Do some Science in the Kitchen!
Start a crafting day with some new fun hobbies. Implement a handicraft afternoon. Try loom knitting, engraving, crochet, weaving, woodworking, cross-stitch or jewelry making.
Have a playdate with another family. Cheer each other up – I always feel refreshed when I can chat with another mom.
Have you experienced the February Blahs? What do you do to overcome it? Leave a comment below!