Morphing kids back into the school mindset when you homeschool may prove to be a bit tedious. After all, the kids are home all year round, and there’s not much of a transition from one environment to the other as there is with the out of home schooling system. When it comes to being a homeschool mom trying to get the kids into a back to school mindset, you can work it similarly to the rest of the school children who head out to the door to attend school elsewhere.
Read on for some ways you can get kids back into the school mindset when you are a homeschool parent.
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Prepare the School Area
Depending on the age of your kids, you can have them help to prepare the school area. Some homeschool parents have a designated homeschool space if you can set it up about three weeks before school is starting to ensure the kids visually see that school is about to begin. A three-week process of gathering supplies, putting up décor on the walls or shelves and other small tasks that prepare the school area will assist in guiding your kids’ mindset back towards school season.
Also, having a “Box Day,” or an unboxing is a fun thing for the children to see all of their new materials. We have a box day every year with Sonlight, and it always gets the kids excited to open up everything. It usually leads them into picking out their first book and starting 😉
That’s another reason I love Sonlight for our curriculum – the books excite the kids so much they are always reading.
Start Getting Back into a Routine
Approximately two weeks before you plan on starting school, try getting back into a routine. Usually, during the summer season, you allow the kids to stay up a little later, enjoy more activities than they can during the homeschool season and perhaps have extras that they normally can’t enjoy during the homeschool days. Two weeks before you plan to start your homeschool curriculum, start to enforce the regular school bedtime and daytime routine so that the kids can start to transition from summer break to school.
Discuss the Curriculum
Start discussing what’s in store for this year’s homeschool curriculum with the kids. Ask questions about areas of interest to them and consider making a homeschool bucket list for this year’s school season. It’s great to discuss the curriculum earlier on before homeschool begins because this will get kids into a back to school mindset, using their mind more than they do in the summer season. Make notes of any important areas of interest for each kid so that you can try to add that into the curriculum this season. My children love doing hands on activities, so we try to fit in ideas that fit the curriculum and their interests.
Box Day is also a great time to start these conversations.
Once you have started the process of preparing the supplies, school area and switching up the routine from summer days to a homeschool routine, it’s time to remember to be consistent. While summer may still be in session, homeschool days will arrive before you know it. Be consistent in your method of getting kids back into the school mindset so that you are successful in transitioning your kids from summer break to homeschool year.
By the way, I am now a Brand Ambassador for Sonlight. I am so excited to get the chance to share our love for this great homeschool company while sharing our homeschool journey. Thanks for visiting.
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