How to transition back to homeschool after a break

Do you want to be able to take breaks, but don't know how to transition back to homeschool when the time comes? Little ones lose it? Here's what helps us...

Transition back to homeschool without losing it

Our first few days of homeschooling were a nightmare. Torn and crumpled papers thrown every which way. The tears were innumerable… and those were just mine. We started homeschooling after a long summer break with no idea of how to transition back to homeschool.  We had never heard anything about de-schooling or anything similar. This isn’t a post about de-schooling, but a few practical alternatives and tips for transitioning back in from a break.

1) Make every day learning a part of your lifestyle

We try to do something educational every day, even if the day is an off day. First, it’s just more relaxed and prevents my son from getting out of the habit of learning. Additionally, it’s less of a job most of the time, more so just part of life. We do things like watch documentaries, read together, sometimes we even have drawing prompts.

2) Keep daily routines in place.

Additionally, we have Bible study and the rest of our daily routines in place throughout our breaks. I’ve noticed this helps my son transition back into school if it’s the only thing they were adding. If his whole day is changing, it’s a lot harder accepting the return of “normal”.

3) Preparation for what’s coming

They all say use the timer.  Always use the timer. This is kind of along that same train of thought. School springing up out of nowhere is kind of rough. I give my son a repeated heads up verbally, and we have a calendar to let him know visually where we are in time. My tip to you- don’t warn them, like it’s all doom and gloom… Like we only have “x many” days left. Just casually remind them, “Oh, one more week until school,” and maybe follow that statement up with something like, “I’m excited to learn about the frog life cycle with you next week.”

4) Year-round homeschool

I know it may be getting all hearing me say this, but I will never be able to sing my praises highly enough of year-round homeschooling. When your kid thrives on routines, this is an ideal fit. It allows them to actually practice having breaks versus having one giant, loooong one. Instead, there is an expected cycle to them that may be more soothing. Not to mention the more frequent breaks throughout the year maybe restorative for both mom and kids. 🙂 Personally, we three get super drained and sick of the daily grind some days. So we all really love seeing our breaks and bonus days off on the calendar throughout the year.

-Jill

Your turn: Do you have any helpful tips I missed? Please let us all know in the comments and share this with a friend who needs some help!

 

Is homeschooling better for Social Skills development?

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Is homeschooling better for Social Skills development?

Yes.

For us at least, I think it is so much better. At first, the decision to homeschool was hard for us. I mostly worried about whether my son would get enough practice with his social skills. That was his biggest problem, so I didn’t make any sense to me to keep him home. When my son started taking a turn for the worse in public school, it really became the only option for us. I was terrified of him blaming me someday for making him a “weird unsocialized homeschooler”.

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When my son was younger, we had a hard time going trick-or-treating. He seemed to like the idea of it, but there were just some things… ya know? Trick-or-treating with Autism can be tricky. There were things I found myself apologizing for, being frustrated with, or that he was super frustrated with. Over time we’ve come up with solutions that are helpful for us. I’ve also checked in with one of my mommy groups for some of their creative solutions as well. Today I’m sharing these tips with you to help your trick-or-treat go more smoothly this year. I’m also including a free printable addressing some of the common problems to help you spread awareness among your neighborhood.

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Halloween Decorations for Kids

Looking for Halloween decorations for kids? I’ve got a Halloween decoration idea that will help you talk with your children about their feelings!

Halloween decorations for kids…with a purpose.

If you saw my post about the Fall Wreaths, then you’re aware that I love to decorate, but I also love to decorate with a purpose! I’ve got a Halloween decoration to share with you today that will help you talk with your children about their feelings.

Feelings ghosts from the dollar tree

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Bullying Prevention Books are a part of our homeschool

How do you teach your children about bullying?  Last week I opened up and shared our bullying story with you for National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s a very important topic for our society as a whole, but it especially hits close to home for us. Because we dealt with bullying for some time, we are still dealing with the repercussions.  These bullying prevention books and education on the topic are an integral part of our homeschool!

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