It is common for first timer and old timers to feel frustrated with homeschooling during this time. We have just come off of a long break from school and getting back into the routine can be difficult.
Many first timers hold the end of the December as their “trial” period. “We will see how it goes until the end of the year.” Then January burnout hits and they throw up their hands in frustration. It is normal.
Some people don’t experience burnout. I am not one of those people. Although I have homeschooled for six years, I still experience it. I try and have a sense of humor about it all and over the years have given myself some strategies to work with the frustration.
- I ease into school work after a long break. Adding only a few subjects when we start and slowly adding all the subject in over a two week period.
- We take breaks and visit with friends or go to the park.
- I don’t overcommit myself this month to projects outside of homeschool.
- I take some time to relax and do something I enjoy away from homeschooling.