Mastering the Art of Getting Back Into Learning: A Homeschooling Journey

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four in our seventh year of homeschooling. Today, I want to share my plans to get back into learning after the holiday break. If you find yourself struggling like I did after Thanksgiving, stay tuned for five key strategies to make the transition smoother.

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Let’s look at my top 5 strategies to get back into learning after a break. This post is in partnership with Night Zookeeper and they have given me a special offer code just for my readers. Use this link and receive a 7 day free trial followed by 50% off a subscription.


Realistic Expectations

Setting realistic expectations is crucial. Understand that returning after a break requires an adjustment period. Lower the bar and be flexible with your plan, considering the time you’ve been away. Don’t expect to jump back in at full force immediately.


Don’t Stop Learning

Instead of completely stopping, use a taper approach. Gradually decrease the intensity during the break’s final week, modifying your schedule. This ensures a smoother transition when you return, avoiding the shock of a sudden full workload. Ramp back up to full force by starting easy with fun learning before adding more intense subjects back in.

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Keep It Fun

Engage in fun learning activities consistently. Night Zookeeper stands out in this regard, offering an exciting and engaging learning platform. Check out this special offer code for a 7-day free trial and 50% off your subscription.



By this stage of the homeschool year, you have been able to identify any pain or pressure points. Following a break is a great time to pivot or to try something new. Don’t be afraid to try new things like apps or even to scrap what you are using. I am a huge fan of knowing when to quit. Remember to pivot if it isn’t working for you and to quit if it’s actively working against you! Use tools like Night Zookeeper to identify and address any language arts pain points. The platform offers a structured curriculum that can be customized to your child’s needs. Keep learning fresh and enjoyable by incorporating new activities and resources.


Outsource When Needed

Consider outsourcing certain aspects of learning, especially writing. Night Zookeeper’s creative writing prompts and feedback system provide a valuable external perspective, helping your child grow without the sensitivity that may come from parental feedback. There is no reason that homeschooling has to mean you exclusively do it all! You can find what we are using this year and some of our favorites HERE.

Get Back Into Learning


Getting back into the swing of learning doesn’t have to be daunting. By managing expectations, maintaining a steady learning pace, keeping it fun, refreshing your approach, and outsourcing when needed, you can ensure a smoother transition. Check out Night Zookeeper for a fun and engaging learning experience. Here’s to a successful return to learning after the holiday break! Don’t forget that you subscribe to our monthly newsletter HERE and be the first to know when we have amazing special offers to share.

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