Winter is fading and the light is returning. Our days are slowly feeling longer, our daily rhythm is naturally changing, in line with our energy levels. You can feel spring creeping into the garden with the snowdrops, daffodils and crocus. The warm comfort of our homes have been the backdrop to our days. Wrapped up in hundreds of layers for winter walks, hot chocolates, long, cosy read-a-louds under blankets, warming feet by the fire. Winter lends itself easily to the concept of hygge (pronounced hue-guh). The Danish use this word to describe a feeling or moment as cosy, special and charming. To me, hygge is gratitude, togetherness, slowing down and enjoying simple pleasures. Take these feelings and moments with you into spring, keep the cosy connections flowing, pause, breath, notice the earth waking up from its long winter's rest.
By adding a little spring hygge into your home ed days, through comfort, connection and ritual, it will allow you to harness the natural seasonal rhythms and allow learning to flow sweetly.
Here are 10 ways to add a little spring hygge to your home ed days:
Make comfort a priority: add blankets and cushions to beds, sofas and benches, invest in soft warm socks, slippers, light knits and comfy clothing.
Create cosy nooks inside and out: a cosy space with baskets of books, games and drawing materials so they can be discovered with great excitement.
Enjoy the light: light the fire on chilly evenings, add fairy lights inside and out, throw open the windows, add a crystal prism to a window and watch the rainbows dance across the room, add a little candle in the center of the table as you eat or work on a project, it creates such a peaceful atmosphere.
Picnic: pack up a snack, lunch or treats, along with your books and materials. Head to the garden, the park, the woods, the beach, layout a blanket and enjoy.
Get outside: enjoy a bluebell walk, play in a stream, climb some trees, build a den, watch the birds, forage for wild foods, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the warm sun or spring showers.
Seasonal books: Add a basket of seasonal books by the sofa. next to your bed, on a blanket in a sunny spot in the garden. Dive in whenever the moment grabs you. Pile high with beautiful picture books, short stories, poetry and read-a-louds.
Food to share inside and out: Hot cross buns, pies, salads and cakes. Add a beautiful center piece of natural treasures, fresh flowers, light a few candles and squeeze the family around the table to feast together.
Bring the outside in: fresh flowers and greenery from the garden or market, pots of spring bulbs, fill windowsills and load up table tops. Bring in the colour and scent of spring.
Star Gaze: on a clear night, make a cozy nest of blankets and pillows, wrap up warm and try to spot some constellations or shooting stars.
Appeal to your senses: consider touch, sound, taste and smell. Cosy soft surroundings, make a seasonal family playlist, cook tasty treats and add essential oils to your diffuser or light scented candles, open the windows to feel the breeze and hear the birds. This will shape a beautiful, rich atmosphere in which to learn.
“Education is an atmosphere” Charlotte Mason
By adding a little spring hygge into your days, you will add a sense of peace, connection and comfort; which are all great ways to enhance the home learning atmosphere for your family and help you harness the natural rhythm of the seasons.
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