The follow is a post from contributing writer Demetria of Christian Homeschool Moms.
But there were just a few very simple and basic ideas, from the way I spent a lot of my time to the way I scheduled our days, that I want to change for next year.
So what about you? If you had a do-over, would you give your homeschool a makeover for next year?
Tips for considering changes for the upcoming school year
Consider what you and your kids had an aversion to.
It sounds kind of trite, but I promise it’s the first thing I considered when making next year’s school changes. We have an aversion to too many worksheets, and apparently a particular math publisher needs to get scratched off our list. When either you or your children are getting burned out by a curriculum choice, lesson style, or routine, it’s time to move along.
Consider any and all positive reactions and opinions by your kids.
This will save you a ton of time and money when selecting next year’s curriculum. If your kids love to draw, a good art program might go on your list for next year’s schedule. If you have an engineer who loves to build things and tear them apart, a couple of sets of Legos along with a Legos class or a robotics class might do the trick. (Currclick has a pretty nice Lego Club, by the way, and it’s free).
Keeping your kids’ opinions high on the list will help save your sanity and keep the kids happy as you add some of their ideas and personality into your homeschool choices for the next year.
Consider a complete homeschool makeover.
If everything is working out great, then don’t change a thing. I love that old saying: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Some things are going to be a definite “yes” in your home, so keep right on doing them and have fun with it.
But if you find that a many things just aren’t right, it could be that a complete overhaul is the way to go. You can change anything from your homeschool method, to your systems and routines, and the curriculum in between. It could mean rearranging your classroom space or shifting your focus to matters in your home that need more tending to.
Whatever it is, you’ll appreciate the rewards of stepping into a brand new school year with a renewed energy and focus.
So, if you had a do-over, what would you have done differently this past school year? What changes would you like to make in the upcoming school year?
Demetria is a homeschooling mama of two. She runs the Christian Homeschool Moms Podcast where she enjoys helping other homeschooling moms with ideas for making life easier on the home front, as well as blogs at MomZest about her personal life.
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