When January 2016 arrived, I wrote about pushing my Re-Set Button. This was my idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I talked more about perspective and how we can adjust it sometimes, when a change is needed.
As you homeschool, you will also learn that pushing a Re-Set Button is sometimes needed or wanted. When you look over the first semester of your schooling-year, you may feel like you failed in areas. But, don’t feel like a failure! Just, take some time before school starts back and examine what worked and what didn’t.
When school is out of session, you will have a much more clear picture of your homeschool. Take a few hours and reflect on what things you could do better, change, add, or omit from your family. Just as we sometimes begin a diet in January, our families may need a diet of sorts, too.
Maybe you were entirely too busy last semester. Did you spend more time in the car than you did at home? I hate when that happens, because children don’t typically respond well to this type of schedule. They tend to arrive home tired, hungry, and not able to focus on schoolwork. That’s why it’s so important to have your quality, un-interrupted school sessions at home.
I found it very easy to over-commit. There are numerous co-ops, field-trip groups, and events designed to meet all our homeschool needs. But, perspective is really needed when planning the spring calendar. Double-check or change your goals, if you need to. What is the bottom-line in your home? I believe it is the learning time for children.
Now, you may use a formal curriculum, un-school, or something in between. So, your perspective and goals may be very different from mine. And, that’s the beauty of homeschooling.
Take your time, get out your calendar, pray with your husband, and then start planning. Leave plenty of margin for your sanity (and that of your children). You’ll be very happy that you did.
I wish you all a wonderful New Year, filled with blessings for your homeschool, your family, and good health. Prayers for growth in education, character, and the spiritual life of your family will be offered. Enjoy your holiday.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman