When I was little, in public school, there were few things better than snow days. Sometimes, we'd stay up late the night before just to see if the school closing would be announced early. If it wasn't, we would sit by the TV in the morning in our pajamas until the last possible second hoping we'd see that name scrolling across the bottom of the screen.
Then when it did it was so exciting! To this day a little part of me watches to see if that district is closed and I have a “snow day.”
There was something exciting about a snow day. It was a day with no set plans or expectations; a break in that long stretch between Christmas vacation and Easter vacation (when I was little they still were called “Christmas” and “Easter” vacation). A day of freedom.
Could your homeschool use that kind of break today? Could you use a snow day?
I know when I've been at something for too long, because I find myself accomplishing less in the same amount of time. I need a break to re-energize and get excited about my work again. Maybe your kiddos need that same break!
Here are my 5 steps to make your own perfect snow day.
1. Make a school closing announcement. I'm not saying to call the local news station, but why not plaster a big sign over the door to the school room or maybe on the computer desk that says “Our Homeschool: CLOSED!”
2. Stay in your PJ's. For a little while, at least, and maybe even head back to bed for some extra rest.
3. Special Breakfast. No need for a bowl of cold cereal on the way out the door this morning! This can be anything you like, but if you really want to make the morning easy you could try this recipe for Slow Cooker Cinnamon-Apple Oatmeal that cooks overnight in the crock pot! Prep the night before and it's hot and ready to eat in the morning.
4. Play in the snow! Bundle up and head out. Remember all the fun you had as a kid getting into snowball fights, building snowmen, making snow angels and sledding? I know it's cold out, but your kids will love you for it! Besides, there's nothing like some time playing out in the snow to make you crave a nice cup of…
5. Hot chocolate. With marshmallows. Enough said.
Maybe you live somewhere where it doesn't snow – no problem! How fun would it be for your kids to have a pretend snow day? You could really get into the spirit by spraying your windows with that fake frost spray or “braving the slippery roads” and heading to a local ice rink for some cold-weather fun!
The main thing is to stay away from anything school related. This isn't a “snow-day-themed school day” it's a vacation day. Don't run errands (remember, if it was a real snow day the roads would probably be unsafe to drive on!) If the kiddos choose to do some school work, good for them, but the day is theirs to use as they please. Play with them. Enjoy them. They grow up too fast as it is.
We're about halfway through the school year and depending on what your schedule is like, there may not be very many opportunities for a break until the end of the year. Why not take one day and let everyone kick back, have some fun and recharge?
I just bet you'll see an improvement in productivity afterwards.
Happy Snow Day!
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Heather is married and blessed to be called “mom” by 3 awesome boys (and 2 German Shepherds). She blogs about homeschooling, her and their family (coffee mug in hand!) at Homeschooling… On Faith and Coffee.