The following is a post from Kris Bales from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
I don’t know about your part of the country, but in the South we have been enjoying some very spring-like weather. (At least, we were at the time this post was written. I’ve heard that winter is making an encore next week, but I’m trying to ignore that.)
When the trees start blooming, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and shorts and t-shirts are coming out of hibernation, it can be easy for spring fever to set in. Two of Spring Fever’s major symptoms are an increasing desire to be outdoors and a decreasing desire to do schoolwork. How can you combat this chronic condition?
Take the school books outside. Sometimes a cure (or a temporary fix, anyway) for spring fever can be just taking the books outside. Spread a blanket or pull up some lawn chairs and do your schoolwork outside.
I remember having some really cool teachers in elementary school – or maybe they were just as antsy as we were to get outside, but I remember taking books outside to read at times other than recess. The entire class was much more agreeable for the simple fact that we were being allowed to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
They probably couldn’t have gotten away with letting us do all our work outside, but homeschool moms can! Take advantage of the freedom and flexibility homeschool allows, without totally setting school aside when warm weather calls.
Get active as a family. My family has really enjoyed getting out on our bikes this spring. A thirty minute ride around the block can give you all some exercise, and vitamin D, and it totally counts as P.E.!
It doesn’t have to be a bike ride – a run or a walk is just as enjoyable. You could fly a kite, toss a Frisbee or softball, or play with the dog. Just as long as everyone can get involved, it’s a valid choice.
Go on field trips. This is a great time of year to go on outdoor field trips. The animals at the zoo are much more active on moderate spring days than they are in the heat of summer. We’ve found that days when it’s only in the 50’s and we have to wear jackets are incredible opportunities to view the animals in highly active states.
This is a great time of year to visit places with butterfly gardens, if you have anything like that nearby. If you’ve got access to lakes, ponds or farms, they’re places that can be extremely interesting and active during the springtime.
Delve into nature study. Spring is a wonderful time for birdwatching. We’ve had a blast watching the huge variety of birds that our feeders have been attracting. Local nature conservancies, parks, forests, even your own backyard are all alive with new life and activity in the spring. If you’ve never included nature study in your homeschool, this is the perfect time to start. I highly recommend The Handbook of Nature Study as a fantastic place to start.
Hold group classes outdoors. This is the time of year that our homeschool group starts holding our book club meetings at local playgrounds. The group that my daughter is in has their book discussion, makes a craft, then has some free time to play before heading home.
Art clubs are great for outdoor meetings, as well. All the fun, but much less mess to clean up!
What activities does your family move outside when the weather starts warming up?
Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She chronicles her nearly 90 pound weight loss and transformation from morbidly obese couch potato to half-marathon runner on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.