Some of you have brutal winters, some of us have blistering summers. Somehow, some folks manage to have both! Being a desert family, homeschooling in hot weather is one of our challenges.
5 Tips for Homeschooling in Hot Weather
Here are five tips for homeschooling in hot weather:
Schedule your day around the heat.
We homeschool year round and take our longest break in the winter when the weather is perfect here. Our summer schedule looks something like this: Play outside in the morning or early evening when the temperature is cooler. Swim, visit a splash pad, or hang out indoors during the hottest parts of the day. Do lessons in between!
Drink plenty of water and encourage your children to do the same. You can also provide them with healthy snacks that are high in water content, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and berries.
Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and choose fabrics that are moisture-wicking to keep sweat away from your skin. Encourage your children to wear loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibers. You’ll be in a better mood if you feel comfortable and it’s easier for kids to focus when they aren’t distracted by uncomfortable materials.
Stay cool indoors.
Visit indoor museums or libraries. Use fans or air conditioning to keep your home cool. Consider closing blinds or drapes during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun’s heat out. Opt to cook with the crock pot & microwave more than the oven & stove to keep the home temperature cooler.
Take advantage of nice weather.
We have a glorious time of year called monsoon season! This provides a much needed break from the intense sun and heat. When the weather is nice, take advantage of this by taking your lessons outside. You can even plan field trips to parks or nature preserves if you know the weather will be nicer than usual!
There you have it! 5 ways we keep it real in the hot, hot summer. We love the flexibility of homeschooling and definitely enjoy making the most out of our summers!