How does a homeschool family keep their sanity during the harsh snow filled days of winter? Read on to find out what we’ve been doing to stave off the winter blues!
It’s been COLD. Bitterly cold. Freeze the snot in your nose while you take out the trash cold. Locally we’ve set records for the coldest temperature on a particular date. Today the high was 19 F and it felt like a break.
So what’s a homeschooling family to do with all this cold weather? Lots of school work apparently. This is our highest monthly total school hours for this year. The boys have been book worms this month really upping their hours. That doesn’t mean we’ve just stayed home and done school work though.
We still went for a hike this week. We followed coyote tracks through the woods which was pretty cool. We also found an intersection with deer tracks. E is participating in the “What Went By Event” in the Upper Elementary Science Olympiad, so we’ve been taking every opportunity to find animal tracks in the snow. The squirrels have been kind enough to leave tracks on the back porch, while a bunny regularly leaves prints as he hops down our sidewalk.
It’s important to get exercise too. As a treat we took the boys to a mountain bike park. It was fun to be back on our bikes even though it was -2 F outside. It’s nice to go late in the evening, because there aren’t many other customers making it possible to really ride your own pace without worry.
One of the local nature centers encourages hand feeding birds. E was amazingly patient and stood still for about half an hour in the cold. He was rewarded with birds coming to his hands 30 times. It was such a delight to watch his expressions.
Our local science center is hosting Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition. It’s a fun traveling exhibit. There was a house of brick, wood, straw test station that the boys enjoyed. The exhibit also had tons of other fun stuff. The final section included building sleds, boats, and parachutes using duct tape. Of course after our visit the boys used up all the duct tape in the house and we had to buy more. E made a rather impressive boat out of popsicle sticks and duct tape.
Over the last two weeks we’ve also gone to a community theatre production, visited the Jewish Heritage Museum, gone to a professional theatre production, attended zoo class, and met with our Science Olympiad partners. Soccer and scouts were on the list too.
I don’t like our schedule to get too crowded and despite the long list of activities it has all felt very manageable. This year I think we are finally managing to get the right amount of physical activity including outside time. It also helps that the kids are getting older and have stronger immune systems (or maybe we’ve just been lucky this winter).
I almost forgot. E’s FLL team did a segment on the local news along with three other teams from the area. E’s team in purple is in two of the segments. A special thanks to the building custodian who came in on a snow day to make sure the building was open for the kids.
On the bookshelf: Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
In the kitchen: Pulled pork sliders (although we do a lot of vegetarian dishes, during the winter we all crave meat), Spinach enchiladas, Seared Chicken Breast with Balsamic Grapes, Sautéed Spinach, and Nutty Bulgur (this is a “food bag” from my husband’s work, they do all the prep work and I just cook and assemble. Yeah!)
Hope you are having a great week! What are you doing to stave off the winter blues?