Okay – I have to admit that I look forward to vacation breaks from school just as much as the children do. I have always looked forward to the breaks – even when I was a teacher. I can remember feeling almost giddy after sending home all those wild first graders on the last day of school. I have relished every moment of this summer vacation. Well, today it hit me – – time is almost up. I know, I really don’t want to remind myself. Yet, in the back of my mind I have purposed that in this new year we will get a new start and hopefully a better go at things.
I am proud of the distance that the children have come in the last year, but know that we have gotten slack in some areas. I guess my new resolution would be to improve the “slack” areas, make sure Chloe really “gets” her multiplication tables, help Jordan get over the hump in Algebra I, show Slater how to write a research paper for the first time, and go on MORE field trips. I don’t know – maybe I shouldn’t make it such a tall order, but I have always been one for making big goals.
The new year is always a great time for a fresh start, especially when things seem to be too difficult to manage. Homeschooling is no different. So often, by the end of summer, we feel like we are being dragged in to work. I am sure that many of you feel the same way. Well, take heart! Look at the new year as an opportunity – a new book with no writing – – yet! Start over – do whatever it takes to renew your outlook and encourage yourself and the children. In other years I have been so discouraged with how the curriculum went that I completely changed what we were doing. If you are feeling desperate – do something drastic. I have found that a drastic change really perks the kids up too!
Personally, this past year went pretty well so for us so we will just tweak our program a bit and perhaps change our schedule. Just a little “new” makes it more exciting to the children as well. I look forward to the fresh start – and new outlook. Wherever you are on your homeschooling journey – take advantage of the new beginning. It may make all the difference in the world, and by the way Monday morning will be here before we know it!