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What are your resolutions for 2019 regarding homeschool?

What are your resolutions for 2019 regarding homeschool?

1 January 2019

By January 1st I always find myself thinking of all the books I want to read with my kids, all the books I want to read for myself, the places we want to go, the skills I want them to learn, and all the Core Programs I want to write for all of us to use! My shelves and my coffee table are piled with fabulous books. Our lives are rich with possibilities, opportunities and a conflicting desire to be minimalists.

My to-do list is always very long, and often, within the first week of February, I find myself having arguments with my kids... and it all comes crashing down. I have put too much pressure on myself to make sure we 'cover all of the bases'. And I put too much pressure on them to do all the work I think is important.

These arguments make us all unhappy. By March I give up on my resolutions and just go back to taking one day at a time and trying to muddle through the best we can, hoping that what we can manage is ok. And I know it is ok. My 3 older kids have all finished homeschool, and they have all embarked on an adult journey with the skills they need to continue learning.

But I'd like to find a happy place, a place where I can set realistic goals, a place where my daughter and I can set realistic, achievable, useful.

I admire my friend who is able to say to her kids - 'What's the one thing you want to learn to do this year?' and then facilitate that. But I just can't bring myself to do this. It's not me. I need a plan. I need a list. I need achievable goals. I have in my head the saying, 'If you aim for nothing, you're sure to achieve it". So what are my goals? What do I need to do to achieve these goals? How will I fit this into our week?

 

What are my goals?

  1. I want us to think about the excellent, significant and important things and relationships in our lives and to practice being thankful and grateful
  2. I want my child to love learning and to seek to learn new skills of her own accord
  3. I want her to learn more Maths and English skills
  4. I want her to have a rich life experience and education
  5. I want to spend time in nature together

 

What do we need to do to achieve these goals?

  1. I want us to think about the excellent, significant and important things and relationships in our lives and to practice being thankful/grateful and so I have added 'The Radical Book for Kids' (from Just Good Books) to our Family Learning Plan so that we have a guided way to do this.
  2. I want my child to love learning, to seek to learn new skills of her own accord. This means I will need to give her choice to add Core Programs to our Family Learning Plan. I will also give her time to explore and to follow her own interests like making slime, watching documentaries, and hanging out with friends. 
  3. I want her to learn more Maths and English skills and so I will add Maths, and we will continue Toe by Toe, Creative Spelling and writing activities through Core Programs 
  4. I want her to have a rich life experience/education. She will continue Spanish, music, dance and karate. I will plan excursions and holidays. I will add a rich selection of books from Just Good Books to our Learning Plan
  5. I want to spend time in nature together, at the beach, walking the dogs, and camping

 

How will I fit this into our week?

  1. We will aim for 4 days of structure
  2. We will start our day with The Radical Book for Kids
  3. We'll try to do Maths, English (Core Program), plus 10 mins of Spanish & Music before lunch
  4. After lunch is free time
  5. Most afternoons include an 'out' class
  6. We'll walk the dogs or go to the beach most days for about 30 minutes

I think this actually looks good. This is what I want our Homeschool to be like. Full of very good stuff, rich with variety, but not overwhelmed with structured, academic learning. I need a plan, with boxes we can tick to feel focused and organized, and so ticking off activities in Core Programs will help me. 

I think I'm ready now. What about you?

 

What are your goals? Don't be burdened by mine. You know your family, you know your kids. Sometimes my only 2 goals have been survival and sanity!

 

What do you need to do to achieve these goals? Put a lounge on your verandah? Join Netflix so that you can watch documentaries? download a Yoga App? Make a Recipe Folder? Join SImply Homeschool?

 

How will you fit this into your week?  How much structure do you need? How much unstructured time do you need? I prefer blocks of time (for eg. between breakfast and lunch) rather than specific times. Be kind to yourself and your kids. You might only aim for 2-4 days of structure. Be realistic. Keep it achievable. 

 

I'd love to hear your plan! Let's catch up in our SImply Homeschool Community Group and have a conversation.

Tuesday Live will start again on Tuesday 15th at 7:15am on our Simply Homeschool Facebook Page. I'm planning to have chat open during this LIVE to discuss your plans for 2019.

Happy New Year!

Karen Willson

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