A new school year always gets me so excited. I love the planning and organizing of new books. I enjoy the lesson preparations as well as the smell of the new books and papers. Yes, it may be a little weird, but many of you homeschooling moms can relate. Another thing that gets me super excited is a fresh start in a brand new year.
A new year is a great way to reevaluate how your past homeschool year has been going. If you are following your local school’s schedule then this will most likely be the second semester of your school year. Second semester is a great time to change anything up that isn’t working, or add new things that you have been wanting to do.
I love the opportunity of a fresh start. Sometimes I tend to guilt myself into being upset that we haven’t been able to stay on top of things. I feel guilty that I keep forgetting to give that weekly spelling test, or all those read alouds I wanted to tackle.
A new year is a wonderful time to create new goals like giving a weekly spelling test or adding a new morning time routine. It is also a great way to get a handle on any things your children have been struggling with. If they need more practice with a specific subject, you can tailor the rest of the year to hone in on what they need help with.
Do you want to jump on the organization bandwagon this New Year?
One thing that I always need help with in our homeschool is with organization! With multiple children I am homeschooling we have a lot of papers and books. Add in the craziness of working at home, and the holidays I can never seem to keep up with everything. Then throw in new books and things from Christmas and there is a lot of stuff that needs to be reorganized.
There are bookshelves that need to be reorganized all nice and pretty for a fresh start. Our school boxes and school folders are always a disaster. If you can take the time now to sort things you won’t have a huge pile to sort through at the end of the school year.
Organizing your homeschool in the New Year can save you half the amount of stress that you will normally have at the end of the school year!
You will enjoy these Tools to organize your homeschool in the New Year:
Organizational Tips and Articles:
Planners are a great way to keep organized. There are so many fun ones that we put some of the best together in these round-ups:
If you like digital planning and keeping everything in one place you will love Homeschool Planet!
It is never too late to get your portfolio started, especially if you normally wait until the end of the year to put it together!
It’s always fun to put together new binders for a fresh school semester. I like to include New Years goals sheets in these binders.
Copywork and Goal Sheets for Academic Subjects – This 40 page packet will help your children come up with their own goals for their new school year. They can personalize their planners and practice their handwriting with Bible memory writing too.
How to Build Your Homeschool Binder – this is a great article with tons of free printables and tips to put together your own binder.
FREE Printable Guide to Topics Month-by-Month – this is an amazing resource for themes and topics you can use to add into your homeschool throughout the year. There are 300 dates and events broken down by month. This is perfect to start at the beginning of a new year. You can use these lists when you are in a hurry and need to find a topic for the day. Or, if you need extra busy work when you are unable to teach due to illness or a busy season.
These are our favorite organizational school supplies. They help keep things nice and tidy and looking great:
Storex Large Book BinClassroom Keepers Book Shelf, Blue Magazine File Holder (Set of 12, Black)Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, Multicolor (Pearlized)DESIGNA 3-Tier Metal Rolling Utility Cart with Handle, Craft Art Carts & Extra Office Storage AccessoriesAmazon Basics Thermal Laminator Machine
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!