Tip Tuesday: Beat the January Blahs!

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to do some Tip Tuesday type videos for you for awhile now, and I’m finally getting around to it! I think it’s nice to do these in video format because I can just sit down and talk to you all which makes it a little more personal.




I don’t know about you all, but our January has been ho-hum in the back to school sense, and after my instagram post showing our first day back after the break, I’m guessing some of you have been experiencing the same thing! Well, don’t worry fellow homeschoolers, you are NOT alone! We’ve been homeschooling for about 9 years now, and honestly the new year is always kind of a let down after the fun holiday break. Everyone is tired, and no one really wants to do school, including me!

But considering school isn’t optional in our state, I wanted to share some of my tips for beating the January Blahs. Check out my Beating the January Homeschool Blahs video below for some helpful tips and tricks to get your students motivated to get back into learning!


P.S.  I’m sorry this post is a little bit late, but hopefully it still helps some of you get back into the swing of things after the new year. You can always take a little bit of time this weekend to give your homeschool a facelift and get your kids motivated for back to school!


Happy Homeschooling,


  1. Love the Tip Tuesday, and your blog!

  2. This was fun – thanks Erica! I’m looking forward to more Tip Tuesdays 🙂

  3. I love these tips, I have read your blog since I started homeschooling 5 years ago. You have really helped shape my homeschool. Thank you! I look forward to more tip Tuesdays!

  4. Great tips, looking forward to your new segment on Tuesdays. Your blog is awesome, lots of great ideas. It makes you want to continue homeschooling.

  5. Great tips! I also like to do a clean up & clean out before we start back to school. I had to laugh about the scissor hunt! I think there is a little monster that lives here at our house that steals all the scissors & pencils! We never can find a pair of scissors! Looking forward to tip Tuesdays! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  6. I always love reading your blog! Thank you!

  7. Thanks everyone, glad you like it! And that I’m not alone in solving the mystery of the lost scissors!

  8. I love these tips. We live in SoCal, so we don’t have snow days… but we can do jammie days on rain days around here. 🙂
    Another thing we like to do is get a couple new essential oils for our school room diffuser. New choices to help boost our focus/concentration, immune systems, and/or mood – depending on the day!

  9. Thank you for the video and tips! You gave me a couple new ideas. January and February are usually brutal for us. Everyone gets so tired of being stuck inside and it takes a toll on us concerning motivation. For that reason, I usually implement almost all of the same things you mentioned and a few of our own family motivators. However, for some reason, this January has been great so far. I think it’s because we are having a pretty mild winter which lends itself to much more playing outside. Being outside is obviously key for my kids’ mental health over everything else. I look forward to more videos.

    PS-Sometimes, I think we are one in the least when it comes to ideas about homeschooling.

  10. I love your blog. You are so cute and organized. I wanna be more like you, lol.
    Truly, though… the fresh supplies and cleaning is brilliant
    and we are guilty of too many jammie days.
    Or i should say in my case, robe days.
    But im pregnant, so there is that excuse. haha!

  11. i love this! thank you so much. Inspired to make some changes.

  12. Diana lopez says:

    I always enjoy watching you videos. Thank you so much for all the time you put into encouraging me and being a blessing to our homeschool. God Bless you!!

  13. I love to follow your blog! Lots of tips to help us throughout our own homeschool journey. Question about your own curriculum that you created… I noticed you use some of it with your older kids, but you have the recommended ages for up to say, 5th grade. Can you use it with older kids in middle school? How do you make it work? Do you plan to make some curriculum that work for middle and highschool? We would love that! Thank you!

    • Hi, yes my 6th and 7th graders are doing Expedition Earth with us this year too. I usually have them do some extra work for it, and there are tests/quizzes etc included in them that I use for my older kids, and not my younger ones. It’s pretty easy to make work with multiple age groups 🙂

  14. Sandra lange says:

    I too think you are adorable and such an inspiration i try very hard to keep organized now my daughter is older she is beginning to see how important that is Thanks for being a good example for me

  15. Thanks so much! Love the video! Great tips! I agree with getting ready for the day first thing! I would love to know more about your routine to getting it all done. Do you do school before daily house cleaning?

  16. Thanks for this I really enjoyed it!

  17. Homeschool mom says:

    Thank you – this great! Certainly been feeling the January bleurgh days and with the snow not being out as much. I agree about getting up showered and dressed, it helps. I’d love to know what’s you have on your shelves. Also what devotions do the kids and you use? I’m looking for a new one for my 9 yr old son and 15 ur old daughter. Thank you.

  18. Thank you Erica! I really needed this. Our first week of school this month wasn’t so bad but I feel like we are hitting the blahs this week for some reason. I’ve been in a bad mood (sorry kids!) and am just feeling a little unmotivated. I love your blog and it has been my #1 source of inspiration and ideas for us as we begin this homeschooling journey so thank you again.

    Also wanted to ask you re: audio books – when/how do your kids play them? In the car? On a boombox in the house somewhere? Or on iPods? Any tips for this? Thanks!

    • I let them use the audio books at bedtime usually. We get them from the Library, so they come with their own little players and then we have headphones they use. I think they’re called play-aways.

  19. Christi Blake says:

    What do you guys do for morning devotions?? Looking for a new one.

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