Let’s be honest, not all of us can look back on the past 3 of 4 months and think that it’s been amazing. In fact, some of us are really regretting how the homeschool year has gone. Don’t worry though because it’s not too late. You can turn your homeschool year around.
What happened during the first half, doesn’t need to continue to happen, unless it was all good things. Here is how to reset your homeschool year.
Take a break and reflect
You can’t make a change if you don’t take some time to reflect. Take the time to know what you did right and know what you did wrong. By reflecting, you can make positive changes. By taking a break, you can speak from a place of rest and not burn out and exhaustion.
Don’t be afraid to try new things
When you are homeschooling, it’s so easy to fall into a rut. One of the best things you can do to reset your homeschool year is to try new things. If something didn’t work last semester, try something new this semester.
Try following a schedule
As much as a lot of homeschoolers say they can’t follow a schedule, they might do themselves some good by following a schedule. A schedule helps keep everyone accountable with their time. Instead of going throughout the day not knowing what’s going on, you and the kids will know exactly what is next.
Schedule in a little fun
Perhaps one reason your homeschooling didn’t go as planned this year is that everything was a little too serious. If everyone is burnt out and not really loving what’s going on now, you can always schedule in a little fun. Make every other Friday for field trips. Spend time doing crafts and making things. Let your kids explore and have fun! Don’t make homeschooling all about the serious stuff, make it fun too.
Throw away it all and start over
A lot of homeschoolers are convinced because they spent a lot of money on their curriculum, they can’t switch. This isn’t true. With homeschooling, you are never stuck. You can change anything you want. If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s okay to throw it away and start over. Okay, you don’t have to throw it away, but you can give it away or sell it.
Recommended Homeschooling Books
For new homeschoolers, these books can be a huge resource. For homeschoolers who have been doing this awhile, I find going back to read homeschooling books rejuvenates my love of homeschooling. It’s so easy to just follow the motions on homeschool but I want to do it with spirit and love and it’s easy to lose that when your child is not listening or you’re stressed out.
Educating the WholeHearted ChildThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingThe Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your KidsManagers of Their Schools: A Practical Guide to Homeschooling by Steven and Teri Maxwell (2008-05-03)
Resetting your homeschool year is basically starting over. Start from scratch. You don’t want to have to settle. Do what’s best for you and your family.
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