In part 1, we covered three ways to fight the February blahs. Here are another three suggestions:
Take a field trip. One of the best pieces of advice we received when we first started homeschooling was to take “field trips” (otherwise known as family adventures) on government holidays. By doing so, we miss the large crowds and usually have the undivided attention of the attendants. We can also take a more leisurely pace. If you live in an area where winter’s snow has not ruled out an outdoor excursion, try the zoo, or a state park. They won’t be crowded this time of year. You’ll enjoy the change of scenery and the fresh air. The children can get some much needed exercise. It’s an uplifting way to beat cabin fever. You’ll also find them bug free! If it is just too cold to be outside, try an indoor science or history museum.
Start a new Bible study. Are you trying to homeschool under your own power? Do you find it difficult to make time for consistent Bible study? Start a new routine! Find a time when you can faithfully come before the Lord. It may mean getting up 30 minutes earlier or instituting “reading time” for all children to give you the time you need. Then decide on a quiet place to study. Have pens, notebooks, references or any other materials you may need handy. Find a new Bible study to get you started. It might simply be a new daily Bible reading schedule, a published Bible study or a new devotional. God will meet you every day you show up!
Remember why you homeschool. In the Old Testament days, the people were frequently called to remember God’s grace and mercy towards them through holidays, celebrations and memorials. Remember Who called you to homeschool – He will see you through!
In another month or two, the weather will have turned, the air will have freshened, we will be looking forward to the summer and have the catalogs out planning another year. In the meantime, enjoy those young people and have a great February!