Do you set New Year’s resolutions for your homeschool? Goal setting can be a great way to shake off the winter blahs and interject some variety into your homeschool day.
If you need inspiration, here are 15 New Year Resolution ideas for the 2015 year. Pick one and go for it!
1. Get the basics done everyday – if your homeschool is faltering this year for one reason or another, make a goal to simply get the basics done everyday. For me the basics are reading, writing, and arithmetic. Other people use math and the Bible. It doesn’t matter, determine what you consider the basics and get those done everyday. Rain, shine, or hail!
2. Start Latin – Everything is going well this school year? Try tossing Latin into the mix! Latin has wonderful educational benefits.
3. Learn a foreign language with the children – Don’t care for Latin? Pick another foreign language to learn as a family. It can be your secret language and the kids will have a blast.
4. Do more projects – Some of us are no-fun moms who never get around to doing projects with the kids. Make a goal this year to do a project every week or every month. A homeschool needs variety to keep from becoming stale.
5. Finish the math textbook – Sometimes the best goal is the simplest. Do you struggle to finish the math textbook every year? Make a goal to finish math this year. Do math first thing every morning including Saturdays with no exceptions. Math will be done!
6. Read aloud everyday -While some homeschool mothers sit down and read aloud for hours, others struggle with 15 minutes. If you’re one of the latter, try adding a read aloud to your school day. Even teenagers can find this an enjoyable break from the stress and strain of the high school studies.
7. Journal with the children daily – Looking to add more writing to the school day? Sit down and journal together everyday after breakfast. It doesn’t need to be long, just consistent. 10-15 minutes is plenty of time.
8. Do an art project every week – Art is an easy subject to skip, so try adding a formal art project to the week. If Fridays never work for you, do the art project first thing Monday morning. The kids will be ecstatic and you’ll finally get art into the homeschool.
9. Study a composer every quarter – Composers can be difficult to add in to the week, so choose one composer to study for 9 weeks. Read aloud a biography of his life. Listen to his music during projects. You can learn a lot over 9 weeks of gentle studies.
10. Relax and enjoy learning with your children – Are you stressing yourself out trying to get everything on the checklist accomplished by the end of the day? Burning the candle at both ends? Try relaxing a bit. Still get the basics in, but spread the other subjects over a month instead of a week. Relax, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Nor is a child’s education.
11. Simplify the homeschool – Simply if the homeschool if all else fails. Consider consolidating children and subjects. Don’t add more into the day, but spread subjects out over a week or two. Take your time.
12. Go on weekly nature walks – Get outside with your children and enjoy the weather! Observe the local plants as the year gently turns into spring then summer. Watch for animals running around the neighborhood. Locally we have raccoons, deer, and skunks. The deer are fun to watch as they gracefully glide around the neighborhood. The skunks I prefer to stay far away.
13. Start a nature journal – While you’re outside with the children, start a nature journal. Draw pictures of the plants and animals you see. Note the changes as the year progresses. The best way to make lifelong learners of our children is for them to see us learning ourselves.
14. Learn a musical instrument – Did you always wish you played the tuba, trumpet, or trombone? Treat yourself to learning a musical instrument! Homeschooling isn’t just for the children; it’s also for us. So learn the musical instrument of your dreams. Play duets with your children. Have fun.
15. Sit down to tea and discussions every week. Kids love to sit, eat sugar, and chat! Simply guide the conversations towards the history and science topics, and you have an easy and fun method to ensure history and science discussions happen.
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