Burnout happens when you become tired and/or frustrated with doing the same thing over and over again. Can it be prevented? Yes and no. There are things you can do to lessen your chances of experiencing burnout.
Humans are creatures of habit. We often do the same things over and over because we have gotten ourselves in a routine. Routines aren’t necessarily bad, but they can lead to boredom and then complete burnout.
Ditching routines can help lessen the chances of homeschool burnout. Let every day be unique.
Use textbooks sparingly and do hands-on activities such as science experiments, puzzles, and board games instead. If you or your children don’t do well with hands-on activities, plan a movie day. Just make sure that the film is educational. By the way, educational doesn’t have to mean dead and boring. There are lots of fun videos especially for small children. Check out PBS or Discovery Kids. YouTube is also an excellent source. Tired of movies and games? Take a walk. Seriously. Get outside, and take the kids with you. Look at the world around you, and talk about God’s beautiful creation with your children. Explore nature and all its splendor. If you don’t normally include read-aloud books in your homeschool, it’s not too late to start. Even older kids will enjoy quality time with mom and/or dad while reading one or two chapters a day and discussing what the book is all about. Children can journal as you read new books or paint a favorite scene from the book.
Children and adults alike get tired of the same old, same old; but when learning is a new adventure every day, homeschooling transforms from a dreaded necessity to an amazing adventure.