This week on The Blog Cruise we're tackling this question: "How to avoid burnout? What to do if you burnout?"
I would have to say that most if not all homeschooling moms (and dads) have experienced burnout to some degree during the teaching of their children. Burnout - as it happens in my home anyway - is when I want to never see another school book. I certainly do not want to sit down and teach these
Now that I have that off my chest...how do you avoid it? Um, let me know since I obviously have not figured that part out yet.
As to what to do if you do have burnout?
Take a break. The longest one you can possibly do. If that stresses you out even more (we'll never get our days in before August!!), then have the kids do some unschooling...
- take a walk in the woods together.
- Have them watch an educational program/movie (we're currently watching Wild China).
- Go for a long drive and pop in an audio book (we're listening to Jim Weiss' version of Treasure Island currently.)
- Have them draw
- Read a book or two (or five or ten.....) by themselves or to each other
One last thing that always helps me...I start planning for next year! For some reason checking out all the curriculum that is out there and making plans helps.
Just like everything else it passes and the joy associated with homeschooling comes back. So far anyway....