One thing I’ve discovered since beginning the online curriculum is that I’ve been a bit neglectful about planning breaks during the day. We have a few natural breaks, of course over lunch, and Physical Education and snack time, but beyond that, I haven’t been very planful. Now, this hasn’t really become an issue for my daughter until recently.

We cruised through the first quarter of school without too much trouble, partly I think that was because she was just so thrilled to be finally enjoying school and feeling as though she was being successful and challenged.  The other part was, because she was so motivated, she never wanted to take breaks, I practically had to beg her to stop working for a bit so I could catch up.

Recently, however, I have noticed, that her motivation sharply declined. I’m inclined to blame at least part of that on last weeks holiday and knowing she had a short week. My hope was that because we had a short week we would breeze through all our work Monday and Tuesday, and then relax. She didn’t get the memo, and mostly bumbled through, was highly distractible and then sort of wandered away. 

Wha???

I’m not totally sure where we went wrong, but the last two days of school last week were a bit disjointed. That’s not to say we didn’t get anything done, we did. Just not what I had planned, and it got me thinking about how we structure our days and if maybe I need to be a bit more intentional about planning breaks. I certainly don’t want to burn my kid out, but I also fully acknowledge that short weeks can be very distracting and harder to stick to a clear schedule. 

For those of you who home school, do you find this to be true? For some reason, I assumed that she’d be a little less affected by the holiday excitement while home instead of in a room full of kids on sugar highs, so I was caught a bit flat-footed.  Maybe this was a fluke, but with more holiday’s around the corner, I’ll be testing this theory. 

-CM

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