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Tips & Tricks: Burnout

Recently, I have seen a lot of post on FaceBook asking what to do when you or your child is burnt out from school. Do you continue and push though the boredom, frustration or tears? I have some ideas on how to combat this burnout. I would suggest to implement these ideas when you start to see your child getting a bit bored or can tell when they are getting a little frustrated. We do not really have burnout because I regularly do the things suggested.

  1. You can choose to not do school for a couple days. Just have some free time. 
  2. We do a lot of games while at school. They are all educational games but fun for kids. 
  3. Take school somewhere else. We have done school in the bed, outside, at the beach, etc. 
  4. have your child pick what items they do. By this I do not mean that if your child does not want to do math then you don’t do it. I mean I sometimes let our daughter pick what order we do our work in. We still do every subject that was planned for that day. 
  5. Do a science experiment. Even if you do not have an experiment planned there are tons of quick and easy experiments to make the day fun. Our daughter loves the reaction of mixing vinegar and baking soda. Then she always wants to play in the mess. I will let her play for awhile before getting back to our regular schoolwork. 
  6. Have your child teach you. If you have a subject planned where you are not teaching something new then have your child teach it to you or a stuffed animal. This will let your child have fun and make sure your child has a great grasp on the lesson. 
  7. Make something. In the middle of our school day I sometimes stop the lessons and we make something. Get out the paints, tape, glue, paper, paper towel rolls, crayons, markers, scissors, anything. Creat something together. Bake a cake or cookies. Build with LEGOs. 
  8. Read. Choose a new book, old book, favorite book and just read. Make it exciting. Each character with a different voice, sound effects, whatever. 
  9. Take a break. We do not take breaks because our daughter does not like them. But you may find it is good for you and your student to take a little 30 min break. Some of her favorite shows do new episodes on Fridays. On the rare occasion that we haven’t finished school yet we will do a break to watch the new episode together. 
  10. Snack time! We sometimes have a snack while doing school. Popcorn, chips, pickles, carrots, etc. You know what your child likes best. 

If you need a Tip or Trick just leave a comment below. 

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