Beginning the new year is a time to review how your school year has gone so far and what you would like to accomplish for the remainder of the academic year. Consider focusing on the following:
Academic goals- What were concepts and ideas your daughter learned since the beginning of the year? What are concepts that you want to have your son master by the end of the year? Write them down and review each month the ones that have been completed.
Personal goals- What goals do you have for yourself, both as an educator and personally? Have you considered going to a homeschool convention? If not, how about going this year? Great Homeschool Conventions has several conventions throughout the United States. Do you have friends with which you can go places or call? Consider joining a homeschool support group to encourage you on this journey (for information on groups in your area CLICK HERE) or asking other homeschool moms to join you for a cup of coffee. If you have friends that do not homeschool, be sure to keep in touch with them too.
Marriage goals- For you who are married, homeschooling can put a strain on your relationship with your spouse. One thing that Dale and I did for several years was to have “couch time”. We would set aside one night a week to sit on the couch and just discuss how things were going. Sometimes we read a book on strengthening our marriage, other times we had a powwow to discuss ways to parent and issues that came up with our sons. Be sure to keep connected, because believe it or not, one day you will no longer have your children at home and it will just be the two of you again. 🙂
May this year be a wonderful and special year filled with great “Aha!” moments as you and your son and/or daughter learn about the world in which we live. May your home be filled with laughter and fond memories. May you enjoy your children and the opportunity to homeschool. Happy New Year!