I have never been a huge New Year’s resolution type of person. I do however like to set goals. I love that the New Year just seems to bring about a fresh start. Everyone gets excited about trying to make positive changes in their lifestyles, home lives, etc… It can be contagious and refreshing! There are normal New Year’s resolutions or goals like eating healthier, making better lifestyle choices, exercising etc… but have you ever thought to make goals for your Homeschool?
Here are some ideas to get you started as well as some of what I plan on doing:
Set a new routine or schedule for your days:
I always have great intentions when school starts and we usually stick to a good routine for a couple of months. After Thanksgiving it seems like everything just falls apart! It’s really hard to stick to a good routine and schedule when you are up too late at night and there are so many fun field trips,holiday activities and parties to attend. Come December I pretty much give up on a normal school routine! That’s why I love a fresh start to the New Year. Use this time to reevaluate how your days are going. What has been working well and what could you improve on? I know that I want to start getting up earlier and starting school earlier in the day. So that will be a priority on my list!
Reevaluate Curriculum and or school work:
This is a great time to look back on the past few months and reevaluate what is working and what isn’t. If something isn’t working you can toss it and look for something new. Or maybe you just need to spend more time on a certain subject area. We really need to work on Math and Reading. I am setting a goal for this year to schedule 5 minutes a day for timed math drills and 20 minutes of reading time.
Sets goals for yourself:
I know I need to try to go to bed earlier and to get up earlier. This is going to be a big goal for me this new year. We also want to start walking together in the evenings as a family. I am hoping that the exercise will also help with being able to fall asleep and get a good night’s sleep. I also want to make sure I spend time with the Lord first thing in the morning and I want to drink more water!
Refresh your Homeschool Space:
Does your homeschool area get full of papers that need to be graded, artwork that needs to get hung up, flash cards, coloring books, crafts, old school books and more? Now is the perfect time to declutter and refresh your homeschool space.
Ed Snap Shots is hosting a Refresh Your Homeschool Space Challenge
Sign up for the challenge and you will receive a daily email for the month of January with a 5-6 minute daily task, inspiration, resources and helpful tips and links!
Start a new family Bible Study:
We love doing Bible in the mornings around the breakfast table. The New Year is the perfect time to start a new Bible Study. Here is a BRAND NEW Study from Kim at Not Consumed!
New Beginnings: A Biblical Study towards change – Only $4.99!
- A 5 day look at what Scripture has to say about change.
- Each day includes an in-depth personal assessment.
- Perfect for family devotions, quiet time or homeschool Bible class!
- Scripture references are listed, allowing families to look it up in the translation of their choice.
- Multiple age levels that work on the same topic each day.
The study is written for the whole family. It spans 5 full days at about 20-30 minutes per day. You will dig deep in the scriptures as you prayerfully evaluate your own life. There are 3 levels of journal pages: Junior (ages 4-7), Student (ages 8-12) and Teen/Adult (ages 12 and up). All versions align together for a seamless family study.
Do you have any goals for your homeschool? Please share them with us in the comments!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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