Welcome to part three of our mini series: Joyful Homeschooling!
If you missed parts one and two, you can read them right here:
- Joyful Homeschooling: First Things First, Ladies! (the importance of prayer)
- Joyful Homeschooling: Building Routine & Breaking Monotony
Today, let’s explore three more important (and fun!) aspects of joyful homeschooling: rewards, books, and breaks.
Reward yourself and your children
An effective way to maintain your joy while homeschooling is to reward yourself and your children.
What’s not joyful about rewards? 🙂
For every ten problems completed, skip two.
For every book read, kids get a “Get out of cleaning my room, FREE” card.
For every successful homeschool week, have pizza and ice cream on Friday night.
Give out stickers.
Promise a library visit.
Kids get to visit the “Treasure Chest” for every five books read.
I think your kids will be motivated to homeschool, and joyfully to boot!
Books, books, books!
Everyone loves books. Or they should, right? 😉
Reading good books makes for a joyful atmosphere while homeschooling. Reading to your children creates an even more joyful environment.
Make time every day to read to your children. Even an hour is not too much to invest in oral reading.
Your kids will so look forward to that special time with you, snuggling up next to you while you read, or sitting at your feet, playing quietly while you read.
Provide lots of wholesome literature for your children.
I could (and probably WILL, later) do a separate post on reading, but for now I can say that a homeschooling day without lots of good reading would make for a pretty joyless one.
Take a break.
Do take a break every now and then.
Kids need breaks.
Mom could use one occasionally, too.
Don’t be afraid that the kids will regress ten years if you take a day off.
For a couple of years, every twenty days, we took one day off. My kids really put forth a good effort knowing that they would have a day off on day 20!
If you have had lots of rainy days and you have a couple days of sunshine, take some time off to enjoy God’s beauty.
If it makes you feel better, have your children read wholesome literature for an hour that day.
A well planned break (or a spontaneous one!) refreshes your mind and spirit, provides down time, and helps break up the monotony.
Tomorrow we’ll wrap up the week with this topic: Dad’s involvement in homeschooling. Stay tuned!
Do you take breaks very often?
Monica is passionate about honoring God, her husband, homeschooling, homemaking, homesteading, helping other women, & healthy living. She and her husband have six children, ages 12 years to 22 months, and live on a small farm in the good ole South. They enjoy singing together as a family and using their talents as a ministry. She and her husband enjoy teaching music lessons on the side. She can be found blogging (very sporadically) at www.simplefarmmama.wordpress.com.