It amazes me that even home schoolers are no more excited about going “back” to school than traditional students! They seem to suffer from back-to-school blues like most kids. Maybe parents are no more excited about the official first day of school than traditional teachers. So what do you do!? Whelp, AFTER you’ve gathered all items on the school supplies list and completed all the typical “ten things to do to prepare for back-to-school” stuff, how about turning your frown upside down. We have five (5) fun, exciting, home school-style, back-to-school activities to get your spirits energized and ready for the new school year!
In the beginning of any home school journey, of course the younger students don’t really grasp the concept of when school stops or starts because everyday is generally a day of learning. But once assignments and lessons are more regularly scheduled, or more “work” is required, and after kids pick up on other kids talking about “back-to-school” blues, our homeschoolers sometimes adopt the idea of back-to-school blues, too.
If the blues for parents and students all across the board is inevitable, what can we do to curb such melancholy auras while we still have time?
Here are just a few ideas that may work for you that only require a day (and a half) of your time:
1. NOTHING DAY
Just as it says. Plan a day for you and the kids to do NOTHING! (If this isn’t exciting, or you generally do this already, then skip to number two.) The key word is “plan” (unfortunately for some), but plan on doing nothing except impromptu-ness… Let the wind guide your sail, just for a day, or more like let the kids guide your sail.
2. KID PLANNERS
Let the kids plan a few things they’ve been asking to squeeze in since the beginning of summer (within reason). There's usually a museum or game room they've wanted to visit that you never managed to make time for. Maybe they've wanted to:
3. SLUMBER PARTY
Have a “Back-in-Groove” Slumber Party, just you and the children!
4. MAKE OR BAKE FAVORITES
This is a great day and way to make some delicious dishes and/or dessert(s) together. My son LOVES sweets, and unless it’s a “school project,” we don’t bake as much as we used to. In celebration of getting back in the groove, we manage to make time to make at least one of his favorite desserts or dishes. Our signature homemade dishes include:
5. RHYTHM, NO BLUES
We grew up when 8-track tapes were phasing out and vinyl records were “the in-thing.” I remember my parents picking up a few albums on the way home from work a few times, and unwrapping a new album was like MAGIC to me! Listening to the scratchy, fuzzy sound of the needle hitting the grooves was a sweet thing… ahhhhh the memories.
Fast forward to today, kids have digital EVERYTHING, including virtual music! But, for old times sake, my son thoroughly enjoys when we pull out old “albums” and “tapes” that we enjoyed long ago in our grade school days and throw listening, dancing, reminiscing sessions. This day could be one of the most magically memorable days you’ve shared in a while!
All you do is this…
How about THAT for five exciting, relaxing, easy, affordable things for you and the kids to engage in for shaking off the back-to-school blues? If not all five, you HAVE to try at least one (my recommendation is number five because it’s a popular semi-annual event around here!). What do you have to lose other than back-to-school blues?
Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you shake the blues before getting back into the groove of school. We’d love to hear (or read) your thoughts.
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