Homeschool hygge: nothing like an autumn day to entice me with a few cozy blankets on the sofa, burnt orange candles lit, fireplace blazing toasty and a Pelecis piece playing on Spotify.
The first day of frost woke with us last week. The puppy’s water froze. The chickens hesitated leaving the coop. I hesitated walking the puppy in the morning.
Snow flurries competed with the next clear morning, and the blue sky was white by lunchtime. The kids found gloves and sleds, creating paths before the sun slipped down by mid-afternoon. Got to get me some homeschool hygge.
Homeschool hygge. Those two words go together like synonyms. And those two synonyms speak cozy all over. Yum.
What does hygge even mean? A quality of coziness, defined by Merriam Webster, that makes a person feel content and comfortable. See what I mean? Homeschool and hygge, synonyms.
My top twenty happy homeschool hygge practices:
- Kitty cats. Even if it’s a hamster, cuddly furry things help kids focus: kitties in the kids’ bedrooms with math is a happy homeschool hygge practice.
- Tea. A common homeschool beverage. But in the fall and winter, it is a must. Unless it’s morning, then it’s coffee. (My kids would add cookies too.)
- Candles. Lots and lots of candles. It’s just cozy. Last week was World Candlelighting Day. (Yup, there is a day for that and many other odd things).
- Fire and candles. Nothing says cozy like a warming fire, workbooks, textbooks, pencils and erasers in front of the fireplace.
- PJs. Does it need to be said that pyjamas scream homeschool hygge? But what homeschool family isn’t already using this practice?
- Morning skincare routine. Perhaps you’ve been doing this for a coon’s age. I’m shamefully, relatively new to this skincare thing. Just.In.Time. for my 45 birthday. (Good thing I have teenage girls.)
- Chocolate and Wine. Two ounces of dark chocolate after dinner. Wine for weekends. Practices that make homeschool mama happy. (Really, I think we should have a homeschool mama wine club. Anyone in?)
- Morning cuddles with books and blankies. Afternoon cuddles with books and blankies. Evening cuddles with books, teddies and cute kids. Yeah, so the trend: lots of cuddles, lots of blankies, and lots of books. (And yes, I have a blankie too).
- Neighbourhood walks in the autumn morning frost or walks in the golden afternoon sun and crisp leaves: lots of walks, nature therapy, so I want to go inside and start a fire, grab a book, a cup of tea and my blankie.
- Afternoon skis on the canal in winter flurries. With the eager puppy, also white as snow. Living in a picture perfect moment, breathing in the great outdoors.
- Documentaries. Watching documentaries in the afternoon. Curiosity Stream, Knowledge Network and CBC are our present favourites.
- Hot food. Freshly baked bread and savoury soup for lunch.
- Fast food. Crockpot creations warming on the counter make dinner plans less complicated.
- Spotify warming the sound waves. We build our own playlists for morning studies (classical), afternoon reading (movie soundtracks), or Friday night dance party (our favourite songs).
- A hot tub dip at the end of the day (and because we don’t have that wood burning hot tub yet, I’ll also take a hot bath.)
- Sleeping in. A total advantage to homeschooling. (I am not a master of sleeping in. Unless you think 7 am is sleeping in.)
- Coffee. Coffee belongs to every season, every single morning. Pumpkin spice latte for fall. Peppermint chocolate for winter. Two cappuccinos for dark days. Cappuccino with toast and homemade apricot jam for summer.
Choose your schedule. Finish writing and math studies by lunch. And read read read the afternoon away.
- Choose one subject a week and enjoy it thoroughly.
- Delete a subject. Or write on a slip of paper every subject, throw it in a jar and let the kids pick one out and not do that subject that week. Definitely homeschool hygge for the kids.
How do you practice homeschool hygge?