Posted by: Tracy Barsamian Ventola | December 2, 2015

Homeschooling in the Winter

K in snow

As park days come to their natural end for the season, mamas are starting to ask one another anxiously about their plans for the winter.  Homeschool mamas tend to worry about keeping their kids busy in the cold, indoor months to come.  I, too, can fall into this current of worry…in fact I did just the other day.  I joined the what-the-heck-are-we-gonna-do-in-the-winter chatter at the park last week.

In hindsight, I think that I joined the conversation out of my need to remain connected with my beloved homeschool mama friends, rather than as a result of any actual worry about the winter.  Because, in fact, I am not nervous about the upcoming season at all.  I honestly LOVE homeschooling in the winter!  I love the excuse of the wintry weather to stay home and read and bake all day.  Just me and my two favorite girls.  And if the weather is bad enough, that means the daddy can join us, too!

The creeping pace of the winter is actually when our family is the happiest.  We hunker down and without the stress of the outside world, winter is when our family life is most idyllic.  Pace is our main thing and mother nature ensures that we keep our pace oh, so, slow all winter.

We, of course, still play with friends in the winter!  But the playdates are more occasional and as a result, when we do spend time with friends, it is so special!  We savor every minute of our time together.  And having friends at our house (as opposed to the playground) creates an opportunity for us to get to know one another in a much deeper way.  A way that is well-aligned with my temperament and my children’s temperaments.

I’m hearing lots of talk about this winter being worse than last year.  And well…sounds good to me!  I’m grateful for the upcoming slower pace of winter…for days of snuggling on the couch with a good book…for the smell of sugar cookies filling the house…for cozy nights by the fire.  I love homeschooling in the winter.

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