Homeschooling families might not like to talk about it. They don’t want to give the naysayers any fodder. They keep a smile on their face and trudge onward. It’s the worst kept secret in homeschooling – homeschool burnout.
There, I said it. Homeschoolers get burned out. Kids get it. Parents get it. It’s not failure. It doesn’t mean that your homeschooling wrong and you’ll never make it to the end. It’s the result to doing the same thing for a long period of time. We aren’t built for that. We need a break now and then.
This is our 8th year of homeschooling and we’ve been through the burnout stage a few times. We’ve also come out on the other side ready to roll. How did we do it? Here are some of the things we have done to get over homeschool burnout.
Overcoming Homeschool Burnout
In our experience, curriculum that just wasn’t working has been the cause of burnout in our homeschool many times. There were times that no matter how hard we tried to stick it out and make it work, we just couldn’t do it. It made the kids not want to learn and me not want to teach. It was awful.
Thankfully, that’s the beauty of homeschooling. We can change curriculum anytime we want! Now that I know the signs of burnout and of a curriculum that just doesn’t fit, I can actually stop problems before they occur by simply switching curriculum to one that works better for us.
Take A Break
Sometimes kids and parents just need a break. I have always thought the concept of 6 weeks on and 1 week off year round homeschooling made sense. It’s always about that 6 week mark of constant homeschooling where everyone gets a little stir crazy and just plain bored.
Take a week off now and then to work on a family project, paint the house, take a trip, or just relax and recharge. You will all feel much better at the end of the week.
Change Your Scenery
Doing school in the same room day after day, week after week can get so boring. Change things up by heading to the local library or coffee shop for school. Take some school work to do, grab a cup of coffee, and get to work. Sometimes something so simple as doing the same thing in a new location is exactly what you and your kids need to get you out of the burnout funk.
Go On A Field Trip
When I feel the homeschool burnout coming on, many times I will announce to the kids as they are waking up that it is field trip day. I keep a list of field trip options that are within driving distance, so I am always prepared. Getting out of the house and seeing something new is a great way to reset and recharge.
I like to do field trips on Friday, so it makes the school week shorter and the weekend longer. This, also, gives everyone something to look forward to.
Have A Special Day At Home
In the dead of winter and we’ve been inside for what seems like an eternity because of brutal cold and drifting snow, it’s easy to get homeschool burnout. Life is just boring that time of year. We need a change of scenery or a field trip, but the weather is just too awful to get out in. That’s when we call a game day or a movie day.
On these days, we don’t get out any school work. We stay in our pajamas and grab our favorite games or movies. We usually curl up under blankets and sit by the fire sipping on hot chocolate. These fun days are memory makers and add some needed variety to the homeschool grind.
How Do You Overcome Homeschool Burnout?
How about you? How do you get over homeschool burnout? What is your secret?