7 Tips for Overcoming the October Homeschool Blues

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

7 Tips for Overcoming the October Homeschool Blues

Cloudy days and rain have reappeared in my area causing the October blues to strike again. We beat the blues by changing our routine and adding some fun to our homeschool days.

Homeschooling is hard work; some days are harder than other!

Here are some homeschool tips to help you not only survive, but thrive in your homeschool:

Overcoming the October Homeschool Blues

1. Game Days 

Once school has settled into it's regular routine and become stale, we need a change to revitalize our school day. Game days do just that. They add fun and sunshine to our days. All you have to do is spend the day playing educational games all day long.

2. Reading Days 

My third grade teacher used to hold reading days at least once a month. We'd show up at school with sleeping bags, pillows, and our favorite books. Reading days work just as well for homeschool kids. Encourage your kids to love reading by pulling out the books, popping popcorn, and spending the day with your nose in a good book.

3. Nature Hikes 

Sometimes the October blues strike because we haven't spent enough time outside, so take your science lessons out of the house. Search for seeds and insects. Examine the changing leaves. Enjoy the bracing breeze. Fresh air and a change of scenery does wonders for the family's mood.

4. Visit a Museum 

By the same token, visiting a museum is an awesome educational field trip that will get you out of the house. Wander through the exhibits together comparing notes about your favorite pieces. Contemplate the different styles. Enjoy an afternoon or a day of study at the local museum.

5. School at the Library 

Pack up your schoolbooks for a day and head to the library. Children can do their work there before finding books to read. Schoolwork still get done, and you get out of the house to see some fresh scenery to lighten up the October blues.

6. Home Economics Day 

Academics aren't everything a kid needs to learn. Kids still need to know how to wash, dry, cook, and bake. So spend a day in the kitchen teaching your kids how to read a recipe, calculate doubling or tripling a recipe, and learning some basic kitchen science. They can even copy their favorite recipes into cookbooks for later use.

7. Read Aloud Day 

Try curling up in the living room as a family and reading good books aloud all day. You can take turns reading various chapters, listen to an audio book, are simply read aloud yourself. Chat about the characters and plot as you work your way through the book.

October blues may hit every year but shaking up the routine beats the blues. Try a different idea each week, or simply give yourself permission to take a day off to approach school in a different manner.

Sometimes a slight change is all that's needed to beat the October blues.

Sara Dennis is the Homeschool Contributor for www.123homeschool4me.com
Sara Dennis is a homeschooling mother of 6 children ages 4 through 18. After much research into homeschooling in 2000, she and her husband fell in love with classical education and used it as the foundation for their homeschool. Sara blogs at Classically Homeschooling, and you can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.



  1. Yep! The October blues have hit! I love these ideas and can't wait to try them out!

    1. Which one will you try first, Elizabeth? My favorite are reading days. :-)

  2. We're not homeschooling but have hit the October homework blues - this just seems like such a long term to get through when they're small - and definitely think these ideas could help us as well.

    1. I've often thought homeschooling and homework have more in common than not! October can be a hard month to get through. The novelty of the new school year as worn off, but the habit of school hasn't quite set in yet. :-)