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Winter was horrible, and left me itching to get outdoors once warm weather finally arrived. The house is a shambles due to renovating one room (why does a one room renovation make the whole house fall apart?). My heart aches with grief of losing yet another loved one this spring. I need a break, something in my schedule has got to go for just a while so I can have the time I need to refresh and recharge and so we are taking the summer off homeschooling.
Homeschooling Mom It is Okay To Take The Summer Off
Homeschooling mom if this is how you feel too, know it is okay to take the summer off homeschooling. Your children’s brains will not turn to mush. You are not a homeschooling failure if you take a break, you are simply giving yourself the self care you need to be the best teacher you can be come fall.
Stop looking at pins for summer homeschooling plans, stop reading posts about all the benefits of summer schooling, stop beating yourself up and instead take some time to make a list, what do YOU want to do this summer. Yes a list that is all about you. Do you want to read some novels?Perhaps work on a sewing project you have put off all year.Paint those yard sale finds so that your living room looks like you always envisioned it could. Gear up for a 5K, 10K or 1/2 marathon. Bike a 50 miler or a 100 miler.
Sure you can’t take all the summer hours for yourself, but you can sneak an hour of recharging your battery time each day if you are diligent about it. Beat the kids out of bed and lace up your shoes and run with your friends. Tell the hubby that the hour after dinner three times a week is the hour you plan to go for a long walk all by yourself. When the last child is tucked in at night, instead of doing chores, grab your book and head outside with a blanket and read on the lawn until the sunsets, and when it does put your book down and let the beauty of it sink in and renew your spirit.
Have silly fun with the children in the time normally spent doing school work together. Join them on the trampoline, have a squirt gun fight with them or take them out for a special cool treat on the hot summer days. Build a fort together, draw your bodies outlines on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk and have fun coloring them in.
The time normally spent organizing your school week, and marking their books, take that time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t go well during the year of homeschooling you just finished and refocus yourself for the year of homeschooling ahead.
Recharge your batteries for the next school year, it is okay to be drained, it happens to us all, what is not okay is letting your batteries get so low that you face the next school year dragging your heals neither you nor your children will benefit from that.
So take the summer off and be intentional about using it to recharge and refresh so you can face the new school 100% charged up and ready to go.
(please note: I have nothing against summer schooling, we have done that as a family many summers too, I just want to encourage moms who are burnt out to take the time off they need)
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