Christmas is over, and the New Year has hit. During our break from school and work, we had a great time visiting with family and friends. Lots of mindless TV was watched, yummy food devoured, and just some good old family fun time was had. It was so nice to not have to think about what we had to do each day, and just relax. However, as vacations go, they inevitably come to an end. That jolt into reality can be hard, and this jolt was no exception.
We got back from visiting family out-of-state on Friday and had the weekend to prepare for reality to set back in. The reality of work, school, activities, and schedules. We did good at making sure the house was in order before we left on vacation, so during the weekend, cleaning the house wasn’t needed. I made sure everyone went to bed early Sunday night, so we could start our first morning of alarm clock wake ups in a good mood. Everyone took it well, so with that and the fact that the house was clean, the expectation for the first day back was pretty high. Boy was I in for a shock.
Hubby went off to work without a hitch, our oldest actually woke up to his alarm, and I eventually did, after hitting snooze twice. When I woke up our littlest one was already up bouncing off the walls. A clear sign he got into some kind of food he shouldn’t have (he reacts very strongly to any food dye, causing him to be super hyper and argumentative for hours after eating anything containing them). I got him his ADHD medication right away but to no avail, as all day he kept up with the super hyper act. When it was time to get homeschool started both of the kids started whining. Our youngest even pretended to be a droid, like from the new Star Wars movie, stating that droids don’t need school. Pretty creative but not too funny when this was our first day back.
I made sure to keep school fairly short, for a first day back, but still covered our needed subjects. That definitely helped, however, the two of them wrestling on the floor when I asked them to sit on the couch to listen to a story, or poking each other instead of working on their computer program, was not keeping our first day back a happy one. I had enough before we were even done half of our day. Normally, when the kids get like this, I have them run around outside for a bit, however this was the coldest day of the winter season so far, at –7 degrees below zero. Heading outside was not an option, so I sprung for an early lunch. When lunch was over we went back to plugging away at school. It was pretty much a carbon copy of our morning. Wrestling, fooling around, and whining, with a little bit of learning.
We did get our school work done but boy was it a challenge. Not a great way to start out the new year. After reflecting on the day, I could see how I could have done better. Here is a list of what I should have done, and checked off is what I did do.
Have the house clean. √
Plan for a shortened day. √
Go to bed early the night before. √
Plan lots of quick get out the wiggles breaks.
Have a fun activity in the plans.
Post the day’s schedule for the kids to see.
Notify the kids of when the first day back will be, well in advance.
As you can see I left out some important details that I almost always do for a first day back. With all the festivities and vacation I did not do so good of a job preparing for the first day. If I didn’t prepare well, how could I expect my kids to have been prepared for it. Of course they wouldn’t have be. Lesson learned…planning keeps expectations and moods in check. It does take time to plan, but it is so worth it. I should have spent the weekend planning, but I procrastinated and dropped the ball. Hopefully you won’t have to learn the hard way, and will remember to always take the time to plan out your first days back to homeschooling. You will be much happier, and so will your kids.
Do you have any tips or tricks to kick off the first day back to homeschooling on a good note? We would love to hear, so comment below.