Anyone who’s been homeschooling long enough has likely experienced the winter slump–that little gray zone after the holidays and before the spring thaw when everyone is suffering from a mix of boredom, cabin fever, and a lack of motivation.
Until last year, I dreaded winter. Winter, to my gardening, barefoot self was a season of eternal inconveniences, discomfort, and grayness. After leaving Colorado, our winters spent in Hawaii went largely unnoticed, other than better waves and whale-watching. I didn’t skip a beat in our daily excursions, so our nature-based homeschool rhythm had a chance to really take root. When we came back, our first winters were an exercise in patience–and I didn’t enjoy them very much at all. I did, however, notice what a big dent that season left in our outdoor lifestyle. And I knew something had to change–specifically, my mindset about winter.
“Winter is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell
A basket filled with books is a beautiful and powerful thing. Sitting patiently on a shelf or in a corner, it cradles so many opportunities. Imagination, connection, wonder, inspiration, and priceless snuggle time.
Embracing Winter in Our Homeschool
It’s been awhile since I wrote a “week in review post.” Our late autumns and early winters tend to necessitate a bit of a stepping-away or dialing-back. I use the time to reflect on the year past, set my focus for the year ahead, and to enjoy the holidays with my family. We took the last two weeks of December, and the first week of January, off from homeschool and the much-needed break was heavenly.