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5 Ways to Get Out of the Mid-Year Homeschool Rut

Some days it feels like we have been homeschooling F.O.R.E.V.E.R. and ever amen. The days seem to be on an endless repeat, kind of like the movie Groundhog Day, especially when the weather has gotten cold and spending time outside is nothing short of frigid. All the excitement of those nicely sharpened pencils and fabulous homeschool tools – well, that’s long past gone. 

The great news is, the mid-year slump doesn’t last forever. While spring is on the horizon and the promise of beautiful days tempts us, there are 5 ways to break out of the mid-year homeschool rut. Truthfully, there are many more (and I’d love to hear your ideas as well), but here are several tried and true methods that may help your family out. 

1. Plan a field trip.

When the weather is nice, it’s easy to remember to plan field trips to all of the fun outdoor places, but when the weather is cold take the time to visit some museums and stay nice and toasty. Look within a specific radius and plan to see a play together, visit a historical museum, enjoy an art museum, or visit a children’s museum with friends. Get out of the house and have some fun. 

2. Take a break.

Sometimes we get so fixated on the getting everything done and squeezing in every bit of learning that we forget to rest and take a vacation. Our family has a six week on and one week off vacation schedule that helps break up the school year for us (other families follow a 9 week/2 week cycle or have their own schedule).

Find a good routine that helps your family stay in a great learning mode and keep it fresh as well. Vacations and relaxing are GOOD things. And try to plan an actual day of REST for yourself. Curl up with the kids and watch movies all day. 

3. Mix it up a bit.

Put aside the typical school work for a week and do something different. If your school day follows the same routine, mix it up by spending a week on a unit study. If your kids are interested in a specific animal, take a week to learn as much as you can together. Otherwise, try flipping your school day around and work backwards to break out of the monotony a little bit. 

Better yet, ask your kids to help you plan a week of learning. Follow their interests and let them help lead the way in their learning. 

4. Use those extras!

Remember all the learning manipulatives, games, and extras that you have on your shelves? (Cough.) Take a day (or two), pull them off the shelf, wipe off the dust, and learn using all of the hands-on materials you have. Mad Libs, Legos (build a scene while reading history), Bananagrams, Sequence States, wooden blocks – you know what’s available. USE IT! Let it be a memorable week together and have fun! 

5. Take a nature walk. 

Yes, it may be cold outside. There may even be tons of snow, but get yourselves outside, moving, and explore the world around you. The fresh air will do you (a whole lot of) good, and you can warm up with some hot chocolate or tea when you get back inside. There will be plenty to journal and talk about together and it may even launch into a great topic study on winter animals, maple syrup, or another fun topic! 

 

Mid-winter doesn’t have to be a time that throws your homeschool out of whack. What ways has your family found to break out of the same-old, same-old rut

 

 

Think we’re crazy? I promise you, I’m not! You NEED a rest time in your day, moms!! We can’t keep up a crazy pace and not feel like we’re going crazy ourselves! See how our family implements a daily rest time HERE

February 2017 Planning Pages – Free Printable

 

Here we go for another month! Our days are slowing down a little bit here, but there is still plenty on our calendar to keep us busy. 

This past month my yearly planner has been my literal brain. We had so much going on between wrapping up our swim season with the kids, swim meets, and surgery for my mom and then our general day-to-day life happenings. If you’d like to get organized along with me, you can download the February 2017 Personal Planner Pages and try them out this month. I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming days.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

February 2017 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the February 2017 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that goes a bit into November as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

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Purchase the Yearly Planner

Add to Cart 

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

December 2016 Planning Pages – Free Printable

 December 2016 personal planning pages from Homeschool Creations

Christmas will be here in less than a month! Ack! November was a bit of a whirlwind in our home with two birthdays, a trip for my hubby and myself, loads of family here for Thanksgiving, and a few swim meets. I’d say I’m ready for some calm, but with Christmas on the horizon, it’s likely we won’t have too much of a respite with Christmas parties, baking, and cramming as much fun in as we can!

To help keep me sane, I try to have a plan in place using my yearly planner – meal ideas, running lists of what needs to be remembered and done…you get the idea. To help you get your days and weeks a little more organized along with me, I have December 2016 Personal Planner Pages for you all to use, and I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming weeks. 

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. Loving it so far!!

December 2016 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the December 2016 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that goes a bit into January as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

Yearly Planner from Homeschool Creations - daily, monthly, and yearly pages to get you organized

Add to Cart
 

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2017. PLEASE NOTE – I will be updating the file soon through June 2018 and any purchases made of the file during the month of December will be sent the updated version when it is available. :)

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

November 2016 Planning Pages – Free Printable

November personal planner pages from Homeschool Creations

Are you ready for the holidays – somehow it’s hard to believe there are only a few days left in October, which means Thanksgiving will be here for us in a month and then two months until Christmas! This year has flown by! 

To help keep me sane, I try to have a plan in place using my yearly planner – meal ideas, running lists of what needs to be remembered and done…you get the idea. To help you get your days and weeks a little more organized along with me, I have November 2016 Personal Planner Pages for you all to use, and I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming weeks. 

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. Loving it so far!!

November 2016 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the November 2016 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that goes a bit into November as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

Yearly Planner from Homeschool Creations - daily, monthly, and yearly pages to get you organized

Add to Cart
 

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2017.

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

One Way to Receive Encouragement in Your Homeschool (and a FUN PARTY!!)

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Hanging above my desk space in the living room is a print to absolutely adore. I’m a fan of chalkboard art and this small poster features a verse highlighting Deuteronomy 6:6-7  – teaching our children diligently. It was a print given to me several years ago, but hangs as a daily reminder of our family’s desire to surround our children with God’s word. 

Both attending and speaking at homeschool conventions over the years have been a huge encouragement to my heart and our family. Sitting in on sessions and listening to helps that can be applied to a situation at home, walking around a vendor hall and getting an up-close look at curriculum for the upcoming year, talking with other families who are on the same journey – every little bit of it makes our homeschool journey a little easier, brighter, and manageable. Beyond homeschooling, there have been sessions that have encouraged my marriage, the ins and outs of daily life, and moments spent in prayer with other families (that’s a personal favorite). 

One convention I absolutely love and support is Teach Them Diligently. Over the past three years, I have been honored to speak at several of their locations each year and will be joining them again this year in several (maybe all!) of their four locations: Rogers, AR; Atlanta, GA; Sandusky, OH; Nashville, TN. 

Beyond the convention itself, the family that runs and manages Teach Them Diligently has a very special place in my heart. David and Leslie Nunnery are two of the most giving and servant-hearted people and their hearts are to minister to the homeschool community. They have done this year after year by pouring endless hours into creating a convention packed with speakers that will motivate, encourage, challenge, and bless you beyond belief. 

A FUN PARTY and HUGE Savings!

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If you’d like to learn more about Teach Them Diligently, join their Facebook Launch Party from 9-10pm EST tonight (Monday, September 12th). They will be announcing the main speakers and also be offering a large discount if you register Monday evening for any of the events (prices will increase Tuesday morning).

They have been working hard to pull together some amazing prizes for everyone and will be announcing the 2017 speakers and program! Look at some of the prizes…

  • A GOPRO SILVER!!
  • A FAMILY REGISTRATION AND 2 NIGHT STAY IN TTD HOST HOTEL
  • A 5-SUBJECT LIFEPAC SET
  • A FULL SET OF CS LEWIS AUDIO BOOKS
  • 1 YEAR SET OF FINE ARTS STUDIES
  • RAISING REAL MEN BOOTCAMP REGISTRATION
  • AND MORE!!!

There are over $1000 in prizes that will be given away during their launch party, so set an alarm and RSVP using THIS LINK and let them know you are coming – your RSVP will enter you to win the GoPro Silver and you’ll also receive a free e-book devotional. 

Don’t miss the party tonight! Hope to see you there. :) 

September 2016 Planning Pages – Free Printable

 September 2016 personal planner pages from Homeschool Creations_edited-1

It’s official – our summer is gone and school has started. Next thing you know, it will be Christmas – or at least all the stores will have the decorations out! Along with school starting, we are trying to decide if the kids will be joining swim team again and if we are ready for another year of crazy schedules.  

In the meantime, it helps me to have a plan in place using my yearly planner – meal ideas, running lists of what needs to be remembered and done…you get the idea. To help you get your days and weeks a little more organized along with me, I have September 2016 Personal Planner Pages for you all to use, and I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming weeks. 

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. Loving it so far!!

September 2016 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the September 2016 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 12 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that goes a bit into October as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

Yearly Planner from Homeschool Creations - daily, monthly, and yearly pages to get you organized

Add to Cart
 

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2017.

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!