Everyone wants to quit in November and February

Everyone wants to quit in November and February

Everyone wants to quit in November and February

Before we even began homeschooling, I had the good fortune to hear Susan Wise Bauer’s warning: “Everyone wants to quit in November and February.”

Time has proven her right: these are the months when I feel like we’re just slogging through it, far from the excitement of the semester’s beginning or the relief of its end.

And these are the months when the days are cold and the nights are long, without the sparkle of the holidays. It’s easy to get sick, busy, or just plain stir-crazy.

November and February might never be easy months, but I’ve learned a few ways to navigate them a little more gracefully….

Today I’m over at Simple Homeschool talking about the inevitable rhythms of homeschooling (although I suspect this phenomenon isn’t limited to home educators). Head here to continue reading

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Reminder: Twitterature is tomorrow! And I’m loving browsing through your bookshelves from yesterday’s link-up. I will visit every single post, but it might take me a few days. Thanks so much for sharing what’s on your shelves!


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  1. Oh, thank you for this post! I don’t homeschool by children. Instead, I am a student. I went back to nursing school this past fall. I have been feeling like this lately. Your words gave me relief that I didn’t make the wrong choice. I am just in a November funk!

  2. Joslyn says:

    I always liked November as a homeschool child. Maybe I’m that weird kid, but Fall always seemed more fun for learning to me. Now December was the worst for trying to learn traditionally. We ended up spending more time on domestic learning like baking, sewing and cooking our favorite holiday foods. Besides it being way more fun, my mom made me learn grammar, fractions, and chemistry while we did all that baking that I still use to make meals for my family today!

  3. Tim says:

    I read your title and thought, “Well of course everyone wants to quilt in November and February. November is when it starts getting cold and February is when we feel what cold really means!” Then I saw you wrote quit.

    Never mind.

  4. I always liked November! Around here it starts out with a burst of fall color, then goes into Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays, because I love eating — and ends in the start of the Christmas season. The anticipatory time of it, not the full-blown deal. But then again, I’m not homeschooling my kids 🙂

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