Have you been hit with a severe case of spring fever? Don’t worry; it can happen to the best of us. Even when you think you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to guard against it, spring fever can hit your homeschool like a ton of bricks!
Oh sure. Last summer you diligently and faithfully scoured homeschool catalogs for options that would help you make learning more fun for your kids, and come the beginning of the school year you hit the ground running. Then November and December arrived chock-full of festivities and, despite the interruption, you have to admit it WAS a delightful respite. But then came January and, if you’re anything like me, you found it kind of tough to get back in the swing of things. But, you did it! Congratulations! You pulled yourself by the bootstraps and got to it! And why not? The cold winter months are perfect for hunkering down, staying warm, and focusing on book-learning.
But then…ever so slowly the temperatures began to rise, buds unfolded, flowers emerged, the days got longer, and birds joined in the chorus as all of Nature celebrated spring’s triumphant arrival! Your family stepped outside to see what all the hullabaloo was about and then…WHAM! It hit you! You felt the comforting warmth of sunshine and suddenly recalled how long it had been since you felt that old, familiar friend. The next thing you knew you were flinging open windows, breathing in the fresh air, and welcoming spring into your home. But, Mother Nature is like that sweet, little next-door neighbor who responds in kind, and so she promptly returned the favor and invited you to “Come! Join us in celebration!”
That’s when the fever really hit you! You wanted nothing more than to accept her kindhearted invitation, but you said to yourself, “We don’t have time for spring fever! We have too much school work to do!” But, Mother Nature continued to beckon, and you continued to struggle with her invitation. Heads-up! That struggle is one of the first symptoms and warning signs that you are in serious need of a booster shot!
This booster shot is different from other vaccinations in that it doesn’t vaccinate against a deadly disease and it doesn’t have any negative side-effects, but it does protect and free you from the trappings of “school as usual” and opens up a whole new world of experiential learning. Once vaccinated, you will quickly remember that frequently some of the most valuable and delightful learning happens beyond the confines of a classroom.
Springtime offers you unending opportunities to draw near to God and teach your children about His magnificent creation. From birds and trees and flowers and gardening to weather and baby animals of all kinds, you name it; springtime provides you with the perfect learning environment.
The benefits of your spring booster shot are many. Not only will it help you properly deal with the highly contagious spring fever, but it will also remind you to look at learning through a wider lens. Among this booster’s numerous long-term benefits are fun-filled memories, stronger family bonds, greater appreciation and understanding of God’s divine creation, cheerful hearts, improved academic and physical health, and a more enjoyable homeschool experience.
So don’t delay; get your spring booster shot today! Accept Mother Nature’s generous invitation and ask the Lord to direct your path. Trust me; He is about to do something amazing!