It usually hits us sometime in the middle of January where the homeschool grind becomes more like drudgery. The first week back isn’t so bad at first. Only because the holidays are so busy that it’s nice to get a little break from it all.
But somewhere in the middle of January, we get a little despondent when it comes to school work. Even I get tired of grading papers and keeping up with all I am responsible to do- school, housework, life, etc.
After the first few years of homeschooling, I’ve learned to be a little more expectant of this season. We used to trudge through it, but now I try to be prepared for it.
For me, I mostly focus on cleaning up and reorganizing the house. (and it’s not because of Marie Kondo). Homeschooling makes a lot of mess due to the fact that you do so much living within your home. so, I have to attack it quite a few times in the year. It might not sound like much fun, but it is a project that helps me break up the monotony.
However, cleaning can be pretty dull too, so in addition, I try to have something fun not only for the kids but for myself. Lately, I’ve been spending more time sewing in addition to cleaning out closets and such, to break up my days with the mundane tasks that are seeming to- drag on.
This year for the kids, I am trying something new. Usually when it is cold, and they are stuck in the house more, (even more so with this rainy season) I try to do more art projects. But not all of my kids enjoy art. So, this time I decided to try subscription boxes.
I let each child pick out a different box they would like to try. My only rule – they had to pick one that was education related.
I figured since these boxes can be canceled at any time with no fee, then why not give it a try.
My oldest daughter chose a learn to Knitbox from Knitpicks.com. (this is the only one that is not a subscription box, but there are other boxes to try if she decides she wants to keep learning to knit. They also have subscription boxes but those are not really designed for the new beginner.)
My Middle son chose the Bitsbox. Teaches coding.
My Middle daughter chose an art box from WeCraftBox.com (her box won’t be here until early February- I’ll give you a little review of the box when it comes in. She’s been anxiously waiting for her box and is so excited. Poor girl- but it’s coming soon!!
For myself, I chose a SewSamplerby FatQuarter Shop (January’s box was actually pretty awesome! I was pleasantly surprised) and I also decided to add a watercolor art box from Letsmakeart.com(will be here in February). I actually think my oldest daughter will like this, but she didn’t seem as interested. So, I figured if she sees me trying it out, she will likely become more interested, we will see. If not, it will still be fun for me.
I don’t make money off of anyof this. No onesent me these to “preview” for free. I bought these solely with the intent of just trying out something new. But I’ll give you a little review of each one as we go through them and let you know how we like them and if we stick with them in case you might be thinking of giving them a try.
Anyone else have any good ideas to break up the January Lull in your homeschool?