Kara and I just finished recording an amazing episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. In the episode, we talk about the dreaded February Slump.
Is February a challenging month in your homeschool? Many homeschoolers battle the February Slump. It is a time when motivation and energy levels are low. The days are dark and cold. Cabin Fever is rampant and sometimes you fantasize about that big yellow bus. If this happens to you, please know you are not alone…
… and guess what?
Kara and I have big plans for February. Those big plans might even include enough fantastic giveaways to get you through until March.
But, until then, I thought it might be helpful to share some affordable homeschool resources. These are perfect resources to keep in your back pocket for when February hits and your motivation plummets. Bonus? They are all less than $30.
Affordable Resources to Help with the February Slump… All for Under $30
Today, I’m sharing a resource list of affordable resources. Each of these resources is available for less than $30 from Educents. Educents is a small company founded by two amazing women, both passionate about expanding access to educational resources.
(I rely heavily on Educents; it is one of our go-to spots for finding and building our homeschool resources and curriculum. I like to check the daily deals to see what is on sale.)
First, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is just around the corner…
I don’t know about you guys, but MLK, Jr. Day always sneaks up on me. That weekend, I find myself scrambling for fantastic books to read before watching his amazing I Have a Dream speech, as we do every year. Thankfully, we have and adore this book by Brad Meltzer, but here are some additional resources to take learning to the next level:
More helpful February Slump resources, all for under $30
Homeschool Music Journey – These 12 activities and 8 coloring pages introduce kids to a world of music-related fun, from Australian clapsticks to Indian ankle bells and Egyptian rattles. These projects fit perfectly into any homeschool curriculum where music is a part of the learning and discovery!
Photography Lessons for Kids – Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught.
Fight the February Slump with these math resources
Tegu Geometric Blocks – Here’s a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors.
Times Tales DVD – Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! Most homeschoolers say this DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There’s also a downloadable version available.
Life of Fred Math Stories – After reading the Fred books, kids will never say “math is boring” ever again. These fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons!
Stomp out the February Slump with fantastic science activities
Early Access Tyto Online – Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions.
One Minute Science Mysteries – Each story, just one minute long, challenges students’ knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science.
Language Arts Games & Lessons will help battle the February Slump
Silly Stories Cursive Handwriting Practice – Silly Stories Cursive Handwriting Copybook uses wacky classic tales to provide a fun platform for cursive handwriting practice lessons. It’s fun for everyone!
The Best of StoryClub – Video Picture Books – Video Picture Books Featuring Real, On-Screen Storytellers mixed with amazing Picture Book Illustrations. Great for bedtime, Naptime…Anytime!
uKloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game – Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise.
Crush winter boredom with this idea:
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you prepare for the February Slump? Do you keep any tricks in your back pocket? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram