It happens to most, if not all of us: the monotony of routine.
Breakfast – Free Time – Calendar – Bible – Language Arts – Math – Spanish or Science – Lunch
I’m sure dull school days happen to homeschool families of all sizes. Sometimes, I feel like it gets especially bad with just the two of us. C usually has a pretty good attitude about doing her work during school time, which I am so thankful for! Most days we just plow through our work until we are done. While it is satisfying to accomplish a lot in our school day, it can get boring doing the same thing day in and day out. Sure, I could and sometimes do plan extra crafts and activities to spice up our day, but honestly? Sometimes I want to spend my free time sitting down and doing nothing!
6 Super Easy Ways to Shake up Your School Day!
1. Take Your Work to a Different Room – Grab the books and supplies needed for a few subjects and work in another room in the house. Sometimes this simple change of scenery can be just the thing to brighten a dull day! You could also pack up your school stuff and have school at the library.
2. Outside School – This is a favorite of ours when the weather is nice! Sometimes we do our lesson as planned but most of the time we incorporate the outdoors into our learning. This can be as simple pausing to observe an ant colony or practicing counting backward while jumping on a huge sidewalk chalk number line!
3. Incorporate Technology – I should do this more myself! C loves to further explore a concept by watching a short video or playing a game. Brainpop is great for this! Brainpop is a subscription site but you can access some of their content for free. Starfall and Brainzy (by subscription) are wonderful for those learning to read!
4. Have Simple Themed Days – Schools do this often, especially during homecoming week. Days like mismatch day, silly sock day and crazy hair day were so fun to me as a kid! I haven’t done this with C yet but I hope to soon.
5. Incorporate Food in Your Lessons – C gets so excited when food is involved in a lesson! It doesn’t have to be complicated. Recently, C explored a crouton with her senses and wrote her observations in her journal. This activity required no prep but got C so excited to write!
6. Take Action Breaks – I used to do this with C, I’m not sure why we stopped. I plan on starting it up again soon! I gave her three action break tickets a day. When she felt like she needed a break she gave me a ticket and she would get ten minutes of active play time. I had a short list of ideas so she could quickly choose, complete an activity and get back to work. Click here to see how you can get free printable action break tickets!
I would love to hear how your family brightens up a dull school day. Please leave a comment below with your ideas!