School amidst all the chaos of the Christmas season is challenging to say the least. The kids nor I really want to be focusing on school. Our minds are on happy things like Christmas lights, sledding, hot chocolate, wrapping presents, and just being cozy in our little house. But, school still needs to get done. So how do we manage the wandering minds of adults and children alike, and still focus on our job of homeschooling?
Not too easily I must say. There have been years where we just took December off completely because it was just too much to manage. Other times we have busted our butts in school and then really missed out on this special season. Over the years, we have kind of figured out what works best for us to achieve balance. Hopefully these two quick tips will help you enjoy this Christmas season more.
Stick to the Basics
Reading, Writing, Math. Yup, that is what works for us. We only try to focus on the major subjects during this time of the year. Science and history can wait a couple of weeks. However, you put Math off and you will find you are far behind come June, when you really want to take a summer break. With kids who struggle in reading as it is, taking breaks is not a good idea. So we make sure to have time for reading and writing. This is also usually the most busy work we have during a school day. So even though we are missing out on science and history during this time of year, we are able to keep to somewhat of a schedule and not get far behind.
Keep Activities to a Minimum
What do I mean by this? I mean don’t plan lots of extras this time of year. Yes, there are many, many activities we could sign our kids up for. Gingerbread houses at the library, Breakfast with Santa, Craft Fairs, Train rides with Santa, Church Christmas parties, Random Christmas Cheer activities, etc. The list could go on and on. Pick a few you know would really help keep the Christmas spirit alive and help build good character in your kids. Everything else, just throw it out the window.
I know, I know, they all sound fun, but in the end all that fun takes time. Time which we could be using to plan for homeschooling or the many other priorities us Moms have. We still have to fit in cleaning, cooking and down time, so make the most of your time.
Only pick a few activities to enjoy with the kids. Being frazzled, doesn’t work for anyone.
Trust me, doing just these two simple things is going to make a huge difference in how much you are able to accomplish and enjoy this season. At the end of the month when you have fit in schooling and some fun activities you will be thankful you took the time to say NO.
Do you find it hard to say no when it is needed? How do you stay focused on school and this special season all at the same time?