Hi there, and welcome back from spring break! I hope you had a relaxing and fun-filled time with your family. Now that we’re back, it’s time to buckle down and finish out the school year strong.
As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in your homeschool life. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Check in on your curriculum – Feel the need to mix it up or supplement with something a little different to increase your student’s excitement? Look into free resources or try a different approach to keep things interesting and engaging. You can even supplement with programs you’re considering for next year by trying out their sample units or free trials. Just be cautious about making drastic changes this late in the school year.
- Declutter and organize your space – A cluttered workspace can make it difficult to focus and feel motivated. Take some time to tidy up and organize your homeschool area. Consider creative workspaces outside of the traditional desk and chair set up, such as using mobile carts or setting up in a tent in your backyard. Remember that homeschooling is about flexibility and accessibility, so make sure your space reflects that.
- Switch up your routine – With the warmer weather, why not take advantage of more outdoor activities? Incorporating field trips, walks, and outdoor lessons can break up the day and get you and your kids some fresh air. You’ll be surprised how much organic learning and connection can happen in the great outdoors. (This post talks about taking your homeschool outside.)
- Reflect on your journey – Take some time to think about what’s been working well and what hasn’t. Reflect back on your mission statement and homeschool values from the beginning of the year and see how things have evolved. Consider keeping a journal or planner to stay on track and keep track of your ideas. Get curious with yourself and your kids, and see what new trails can be forged in the years to come based upon what you’ve learned about yourselves this school year. (This blog post has some great questions for reflection and evaluation.)
In addition to spring cleaning your homeschool life, don’t forget about the benefits of actual spring cleaning with your kids! Teaching them how to clean and organize their own spaces not only helps them learn important life skills, but it also fosters a sense of responsibility and ownership. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to declutter and donate items that are no longer needed or wanted. So, make it a fun family activity and turn it into a valuable learning experience for your kids. (Check out this spring cleaning BINGO game!)
Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once. Take it one step at a time, and have fun with it! A little spring cleaning can go a long way in keeping your homeschool life feeling fresh and exciting.
Wishing you all a happy and productive spring!
Visit our Homeschool Spring Cleaning Pinterest Board for more ideas.