Spring Cleaning Your Homeschool

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Spring Cleaning Your HomeschoolAs we wave goodbye to the chilly days of winter and welcome the fresh breezes of spring, it’s the perfect time to breathe new life into our homeschool routines. Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes—it’s also a wonderful opportunity to refresh and reorganize our homeschool spaces, curricula, and learning approaches. Let’s dive into how you can spring clean your homeschool to make the most of this vibrant season!

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1. Sort Through Your Curriculum when Spring Cleaning

The first step in spring cleaning your homeschool is to evaluate your curriculum. Gather all your textbooks, workbooks, and digital resources. It’s time to decide what stays, what goes, and what needs a little tweaking.

  • Keep: Set aside the materials that have been effective and enjoyable for your children. These are the keepers for the upcoming seasons.
  • Toss: Identify any resources that haven’t met your expectations or no longer align with your educational goals. Consider donating these materials to other homeschool families or selling them online.
  • Revise: For curriculum elements that are almost right but need adjustments, think creatively about how you can modify them to better suit your needs.

Helpful Podcasts to help you organize your curriculum and more.

2. Organize Your Homeschool Space when Spring Cleaning

A cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind. Spring is the perfect time to organize your homeschool area to make it more functional and inviting.

  • Supplies: Sort through all your supplies. Sharpen pencils, restock paper, and organize art supplies. Use bins, shelves, and labels to keep everything in its place.
  • Learning Zones: Designate specific areas for different activities. A cozy corner for reading, a well-lit table for writing and drawing, and a clear space for hands-on projects can help define your educational environment.
  • Display Work: Refresh the area where you display your children’s work. Rotate in new pieces to keep the display current and to celebrate their hard work and creativity. Or create a book of their work using an old photo album!

3. Embrace Outdoor Learning

With the warmer weather, spring is an ideal time to take learning outside. Not only does it break the monotony of indoor education, but it also offers unique and interactive learning opportunities.

  • Nature Studies: Use your local park or backyard as a classroom. Observing plants, animals, and insects can spark interest in biology and environmental science.
  • Art and Writing: Encourage your children to draw or write outside. Nature can be a fantastic muse for artistic and literary projects.
  • Physical Education: Take advantage of the nice weather to incorporate more physical activity into your homeschool routine. Hiking, biking, or even just a walk around the neighborhood can be great for physical health and mental well-being.

Helpful Podcasts on outside learning, getting outdoors, and homeschooling during the change of seasons.

Spring Cleaning Your Homeschool: Fresh Strategies for a Productive Season

Spring cleaning your homeschool is about more than just tidying up—it’s an opportunity to reflect on what’s working, make adjustments where necessary, and set a positive tone for the months ahead. By going through your curriculum, organizing your space, and making the most of outdoor learning, you can invigorate your homeschool experience. Embrace this season of renewal to create an inspiring and productive learning environment for your family. Happy spring cleaning, and here’s to a fresh start in your homeschool journey!


Recommended Resources to Help You Make the Most of Your Homeschool

Ultimate Checklist Planner Spring Cleaning

Ultimate Checklist Planners

Our most popular printables are now updated! Do you like to use checklists for all of your needs? You’ll get all 12 months of planning sheets all at your fingertips. Use it in your home and homeschool.

INAM: Spring Cleaning

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Episode 8 Summary: “Spring Cleaning: Teaching Teens Responsibility and Routine”

In this episode of “It’s Not About Money,” hosts Matt and Charla McKinley, the Artisan of Adulting, discuss the significance of spring cleaning and the benefits of establishing a schedule for household tasks. Charla provides seven big tasks that parents can assign to their teens, fostering a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Segments

Introduction to Spring Cleaning Ritual:

Matt and Charla highlight the importance of spring cleaning and the value of rituals in maintaining structure and routine.  Charla shares her strategy of running errands and cleaning on designated days, providing predictability and motivation.

Benefits of Establishing a Schedule:

Charla emphasizes the benefits of having a schedule, including increased efficiency, better time management, and a sense of predictability.  The annual deep clean becomes a shared activity that reduces stress and renews the family’s sense of comfort and well-being.

Seven Big Tasks for Teens:

Charla introduces seven significant cleaning tasks suitable for teens, such as cleaning baseboards and scrubbing tile grout.  She suggests rotating these tasks and implementing a chore draft to engage the kids in the cleaning process.

Turning Spring Cleaning into Special Projects:

We discuss the possibility of turning the spring cleaning tasks into special projects that teens can undertake for extra money emphasizing the difference between these tasks and chores.  Charla recommends aligning this with a structured cleaning routine and using it as an opportunity to teach financial responsibility.

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Ultimate Checklists – March Freebie

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Can you believe that March is already here? I am blown away how quickly the seasons change. It seems like we were just planning for Christmas, and now here we are almost into the spring season.

Ultimate Checklists March

March is full of so many busy activities, as well as fun opportunities for your family. There are tax papers to gather up and last minute paperwork to file. The first day of spring is on March 20th. With springtime, comes new growth, so if you garden you will be working on your spring garden. Spring cleaning usually happens in March as well. There is always so much to do this month.

March Activities and Holidays

That is the focus that you are going to see in this month’s subscriber freebie Ultimate Checklists.  Felice has some of the most wonderful ideas for help, organization and planning for all these activities and holidays.

Lent begins on March 2nd. This is the 40 days to prepare our hearts before Easter with fasting and prayer. Many families use this time to fast or abstain from a specific activity to remember how Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before his ministry. This is a great time to add daily Bible readings as a family. You may want to plan for that, so you don’t forget your goals for the next 40 days. The blank Lent checklist gives you plenty of time to brain storm ideas and to help keep everyone on track.

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th. As homeschool parents, we always like to turn holidays into educational learning opportunities. You are going to enjoy the Discover St. Patrick Mini Research Unit Study with questions to research and fill out. That is also included in this freebie.

Easter will be here before you know it, so March is the perfect time to start some Easter preparations. Yes, there is even a checklist for that!

Let’s take a look at what’s inside this month’s checklist:

Since March is such a busy month, this month’s checklist includes lots of lists and activities to help keep you organized. There are fun March ideas and activities for kids as well as Spring Cleaning lists broken down by categories. These lists will help to take things one step at a time. You can work on dejunking a room, cleaning a closet, and there is even a list for organizing your garage.

We also love the blank lists that you can use to create your very  own customized lists.

  • Checklists Guide – this is a breakdown on how to use your lists for the month, with suggestions to help you get started.
  • Objectives Worksheet
  • Weekly Planning Worksheet
  • Blank Printable March Calendar
  • Four square planner  – Faith, Kids, School and Household
  • March Short Term Goals, Mid Term Goals and Long Term Goals
  • Evaluation Weekly Worksheets
  • Motivational Posters with a Spring Theme
  • Printable March Checklist
  • March Holidays Printable Sheet
  • Printable March Spring Cleaning List
  • March Academic Checklist
  • 40 Days of Lent Fasting Idea Sheet
  • Easter Prep Lists
  • Fun Ideas for Kids that are outdoor and spring themed.
  • Discover St. Patrick Mini Unit Study
  • Chore Schedule Blank Sheet
  • Chore Schedule with Tasks
  • Quarterly Planning
  • Homeschool Weekly Planning Sheets
  • Quick Start Chore Chart – with ideas and suggestions to help you get started
  • Meal Planning – suggestions to get started and a friendly kid recipe

The directions on how to download the monthly checklist will be are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email.

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