Has your homeschooling program slipped through the cracks a bit during the Christmas season? If it has, you’re not alone. Many homeschooling parents find that when they’re attempting to juggle a dozen different priorities, it’s easy to let school slide a little bit. Maybe you’ve tossed assignments at your kids that they could complete themselves, and never quite gotten caught back up again. Perhaps you’ve had days when you cut your homeschooling day drastically short, or days when you decided not to bother at all. Whatever the case, with January looming, you know it’s time to start getting back on track.
Get your kids on board, and make it a resolution: this year, homeschooling is going to go back to the top of the priority list! After all, you brought your kids home to begin with because you wanted to be involved in the education they were receiving. You don’t want what they get from you to be worse than what they would have gotten had they remained in a public school.
Set up lessons that you know they will enjoy. Get your kids involved in the planning process. Get them excited about learning, and let them know that you’re committed to being involved in the subjects they want to be involved in.
Plan ahead for lessons that they won’t. Maybe your son absolutely dreads literature lessons, or your daughter despises math. Maybe history feels like they’re digging through the long-dead past, and they’d like to kick it back there! Whatever the case, by preparing ahead for those lessons, you can both make them more interesting and fun and let your kids know that they’re coming ahead of time.
Stay on track. Set up a timeline for what you need to accomplish between now and the end of the year. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be broken down in such a way that you can see at a glance what you still need to accomplish. Break it up according to what you need to get done each month, and then at the beginning of the month, schedule what you will need to do for the year. Getting on top of it now will make your life much easier in the long run.
Plan some fun breaks. With Christmas break ending all too soon, many kids are already dreading the return to school. Hopefully, that is less the case for your children than it would have been if they were in a traditional public school, but they may still need to know that they won’t have to go without a break until summer. Remember, spring break isn’t too far away!
Plan for upcoming holidays. Too often, holidays sneak up on you, especially minor ones. You know that they’re coming, but you think you have plenty of time to get ready…right up until they’re on top of you. Plan in some holiday fun now. Browse Pinterest for inspiration, or talk to some friends about what they’re planning. See what you can get together for your kids that will add some sparkle to their days before they need it.
Have a few fun activities on hand for the “blah” days. Don’t tell your kids about them ahead of time—just quietly pick up the materials to have on hand and see where it takes you. This can be as simple as a few bottles of bubbles or a new soundtrack that you’ll pull out when they need it most, or it can be as complicated as a scavenger hunt or epic rubber band battle (which will be simple to put together, but extremely difficult to clean up). When you can tell that your kids just aren’t getting into what they have to accomplish for the day, pull out those fun activities and let them run a little wild! It’ll brighten the day up, and in the end, you may be more productive than you would have been otherwise.