Every homeschool mom wants the new homeschool year to go better than the last one. There is always something that we want to improve and things that we know that can be done better. While this is true, we have to make sure that we’re taking the right steps to starting well in order to make things better throughout the entire homeschool year.
In order to start our homeschool year well, we need to do a few things before the year begins. We can’t merely kick off a new homeschool year and expect things to go better without making the proper preparations ahead of time. If you’re ready to take the necessary steps to start your homeschool year well, you can get with these tips today!
5 Tips to Start Your Homeschool Year Well
You can’t truly start a homeschool year well without seeking the Lord’s help and direction. Without Him guiding your steps as you prepare for and continue through your homeschool year, you will struggle and probably end up burnt out. Do not skip this “simple” step, set aside time each day for at least a week to seek the Lord in prayer as you begin to plan for a new homeschool year.
Before you know what you need to change in your homeschool to make this year better than the last you must know what did and what did not work for your homeschool journey last year. Take time to look over your student’s work, review your journal and talk to your children about last year’s homeschooling to evaluate what does and what doesn’t need to be changed.
There are countless options for homeschool curriculum and various resources for homeschooling your children. Be careful that you do not merely get swayed by the “pretty” or the newest curriculum on the market. Ask fellow homeschool moms, read blogger recommendations and/or read Cathy Duffy’s reviews before purchasing new to you homeschool curriculum.
Without organization, you and your kids will struggle throughout the homeschool year. You need to make sure that your homeschool curriculum, resources and year are organized before the year begins in order to start well! If you did not take time to spring clean your homeschool area, I encourage you to do so before the new homeschool year begins!
If you don’t have plans in place, how can you expect things to go better than they did last year? While I don’t recommend being an OCD, over the top planner like I used to be, you do need to have simple plans as to what your homeschool days will look like, what you plan to accomplish throughout the year and what activities or field trips you want to include to make learning fun!
Each homeschool year will have it’s own difficulties, accomplishments, struggles and excitement! As each homeschool year passes both we and our children will continue to grow, so changes will need to be made. We need to not be afraid of those changes and be willing to adjust our homeschool curriculum, schedule and more to ensure our children receive the best education we can give them!
What is your best tip for starting a new year of homeschooling well?