Written by contributor Heather Bruggeman of Beauty That Moves
Here in my corner of the world, it has been a winter for the record books. We’ve had snowstorms weekly, and the public schools have not seen a five day school week since before Christmas!
But what about us homeschoolers? Do we call for a snow day, or carry on with our routine as usual?
Well, that totally depends on the family, and probably the age(s) of your children too. Young children won’t likely think to get up and turn on the radio, listening for school cancellations in your community. If you’ve got older children though, they just might be looking for that special, unplanned day off.
When I was growing up, Snow Days were practically an institution! I loved the gift of a day to do with as I pleased… and not surprisingly, my happy-to-homeschool daughter is no different. And so in our home we indulge.
There is the given time spent outside – sledding, fort making, and tunneling (this year, there’s been a lot of tunneling!). Then, there is the time spent inside. The flexible, cozy, lingering sort of time that only a snow day can bring. Honestly, the inside time is my favorite part.
Here are five simple (inside) things to do on a snow day.
1. Stream movies from Netflix.
While you’re at it, make them educational!
A search on the Netflix for PBS documentaries or National Geographic documentaries will bring up many titles that can be watched instantly if you have a Netflix account. There is a really nice selection!
2. Serve hot cocoa and popcorn.
Popcorn is an almost daily snack in our home, but the snow day addition of homemade hot cocoa at 2pm on a Tuesday?
Well, that is quite nice. And who am I kidding – it enhances the educational film we are watching quite a bit!
3. Edit and organize photos.
(Or spend time on a your child’s preferred hobby.)
My thirteen-year-old daughter loves photography. Part of her love involves the process of editing photos and keeping track of her collection on Flickr. On a declared snow day, she can linger freely on the computer – cropping, altering saturation, adding filters and such. It’s a very creative and constructive experience for her.
4. Spend time in the kitchen.
I love to cook.
I’ve accepted the fact that my girl does not share my natural love for cooking. She does, however, see the practical side (and delicious benefit!) to home cooked meals and treats. She won’t usually come out and request a cooking lesson from me, but she also will not decline an invitation to join me.
I try to take full advantage of this, and a snow day is the perfect time to knead some dough or build a beautiful pot of soup for dinner.
5. Crack open a favorite textbook.
Believe it or not, this can happen on a snow day. I wouldn’t say it’s something to be forced, but certainly an option. Every child seems to have one subject they’ve deemed a current favorite. Lately, my daughter has especially enjoyed the science work we’ve been studying.
(And kids always seem to be up for a fun and exciting experiment.)
There are the snow days we feel like doing something decidedly academic… and there are others (plenty, this winter) where we just flop on the couch for hours and read from our current library stack. Those are really good days too.
Above all else though, I think the true beauty of a snow day lies in the spontaneity and possibility that only found time can bring. And don’t you think we could all use a little more found time?
What does your family like to do on a snow day? Do you continue with your normal routine or do you take a”break?”