With almost a month off in December from our regular schedule I knew our first day back was going to be challenging. So what can you do to make things easier so that you are not pulling your hair out by the end of the day.
Start slow, you don’t need to jump into your full schedule, perhaps choose to start two or three subjects today instead of your full course load. I attempted to do our full schedule today since I was keeping our lessons short.
Take a lot of breaks, it a great short term reward that your child can earn right after they finish a lesson. M1 now gets 10 minutes of computer time after math as long as he completes his work with a good attitude.
Make your lessons short, it’s hard to get you children to focus for longer periods of time after being off for so long. We kept all of our lessons short and didn’t do anything too overwhelming.
Start with a review, of the old material to get those brain cells to recall the material you learned before the holidays. There’s no point jumping into a new lesson when little brains may be fuzzy and unable to recall the new material you learned before the break.
Instead of starting a new Saxon lesson for math I reviewed the new material for the last couple of lessons with M1. Thank goodness, because he didn’t remember very much, but did eventually catch on more quickly than the first time around.
Drink lots of coffee or tea or alcohol. Whatever you need to get through the day. My beverage of choice is green tea. It keeps me feeling nice and warm while I feel like yanking out all my hair.
Sometimes those breaks that you give your children aren’t for their benefit but for you. There are some days that are harder for you than your children. Make sure you are well rested and not distracted with other tasks to teach effectively.
I knew it was going to be challenging to start school again but we made it through our first day, hooray! M1 has gotten use to watching videos for science so when I asked him to get some writing done, he had a minor tantrum. So now that he knows what is expected of him from now on, I think the rest of our week will be better.