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New Year, New Homeschool

Making new year’s resolutions can seem a bit cliché and I’m not usually one to make them, but there is something to be said about starting with a clean slate and a fresh new calendar year just seems like the time to do so. Here are some things I plan to implement in the next year that I’m hoping will improve our efficiency and help me hang on to the few strands of sanity I’m clinging to with a death grip.

  1. Getting out of bed before the kids. This is probably a no-brainer for most, but truth be told, I hate mornings and tend to take full advantage of the fact that I don’t have to get kids to school by 7:30 every morning. It takes me forever to really get going in the mornings and I really just don’t like to get out of bed until I absolutely have to. HOWEVER, when I do get up, get dressed and get my brain going before the kids take it over with their barrage of questions, my frame of mind improves drastically. I feel more ready to tackle the day and you guys, these days are long so I’m willing to give just about anything a try.

  2. Writing things down. Somewhere along the way last fall I made the attempt of going digital. I put all of our activities into iCal and tried keeping notes in my digital notebook. It didn’t work. I abandoned it quickly and instead of going back to my pencil (real musicians never use pencil!) and paper, I just kind of abandoned writing things down at all. I noticed I began planning last minute (if at all) and kind of lost track of our weekly objectives. I’m a list person and I need to shuffle some papers around to feel effective, so trees be damned, I’m back to a paper planner, which I will recycle-scouts honor.

  3. Scheduling educational activities. This comes less from my need to have a schedule and more from my need to remember to do certain things. Practicing our instruments, for example, needs to happen a certain number of days week. It doesn't matter to me when in the day, it just needs to happen. Making sure I have certain days set aside for things like science experiments and art projects (and writing those plans down!) will eliminate my on-the-fly-attempt at answering the question “Is there anything else we have to do to earn our screen time?”

  4. Remembering why we do this. In my planner, I’ve decided that each month I will note one reason why our family has made the decision to educate our children at home. When trying to decide if this was the right path for us one of the first suggestions I read was to list these reasons but that was a few years ago. Our goals and our approach have evolved and I think the reminder will be good for us.

What about you? Any changes in store for you this year? Whatever they are, I wish you success in your homeschooling journey!

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