The first half of the school year is over! Congratulations! These remaining months, however, can seem bit overwhelming. Especially if something isn’t working right in your homeschooling.
Take a breath and grab your favorite drink. We are going to get this new year started off right with some ideas for a new homeschool perspective.
Evaluate where you are
The first step is to figure out where you are and how homeschooling is working for you and your family. Be honest with yourself. We all have grown since we have started so changes are to be expected.
- Is the curriculum too advanced or not advanced enough?
- Is your schedule making everyone crazy or not working at all?
- Do you and your children feel stressed or not motivated at all?
Write it all down. Make a list of what is working great and what isn’t.
Don’t be afraid of change!
Change is hard. It is hard for all of us, but sometimes it is needed. Address what is needed to turn your blah homeschooling into awesome homeschooling.
Switch Up the Scheduling
Figure out when you and your homeschoolers work the best! If you are an up-and-at them kind of family, stick to the morning hours. If you are slow risers, the afternoon may be your time. If you are busy during the day, try evening hours. Flexibility is the key to happiness when it comes to a successful homeschool schedule.
Check Out New Homeschool Curriculum
We researched and spent all that time in the summer finding the perfect homeschool curriculum. So now, the thought of changing it is frustrating. However, struggling for the next few months would be worse. In the words of Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Hopefully, you haven’t found 10,000 ways, but you get the idea. With these few months finished, you have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. Write down what isn’t working and look for the opposite!
Try Something New
- Give online homeschooling a try.
- Read homeschool curriculum reviews for something that meets your needs.
- Give unit studies or literature studies a try.
- Add gaming into your homeschool day.
- Find more field trips.
- Add in more fun educational activities!
Remember to go easy on yourself whether you change all or just some of your homeschooling plan. Change is natural and needed. Most of all, remember that we are in this together. Now, go rock this new year!