Finishing your Homeschool Year Strong When You Don’t Want ToMarlene Griffith
I love the start of a new school year. Hopes are high, energy is overflowing, and you can’t wait to tackle your classes! Who knows? Maybe you’ll actually tackle every experiment in the science book with your kids this year. You have it all planned out, the schedule is on paper, and you are feeling refreshed!
Then the holidays come rolling in, and you prepare for Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. New Year’s comes, and before you know it, it’s a brand new year! January is slow, and you’re struggling to pick up pace. You want to grab hold of that momentum you had in August, but you can’t seem to get grip on it.
You wonder: “Will I be able to finish this year strong?”
How to finish strong when you don’t feel like it
1. Stop and rest.
When we are exhausted. our brain doesn’t process information the same way. It sees simple problems as big issues. Take time to rest, pray, and balance yourself again.
2. Once you’re refreshed, go over your homeschool lesson plans.
Are you where you had planned on being at this time of the school year? I like to take note of how many lessons are left in each subject compared to how many teaching days remain.
3. Take a look at your calendar.
Take a look at your calendar to determine what you can realistically do by the end of the school year (in the traditional sense). Most families plan their school year to end in May or early June; others school year round. Decide which of these will work best for your sanity.
Don’t push yourself to do something that will end up burning you out. Schooling year-round may not be the best choice for you even if you feel like you need to push through to catch up on missed lesson.
There is always next school year. Who cares if you’re doing work from this year the first couple of weeks of the new school year? Your kids are still learning valuable information.
If for some reason you absolutely cannot wait until the next school year to complete the lessons, but absolutely dread the idea of schooling through the summer, plan on doing school lessons once a week during the summer.
We need to play a little catch-up, but I can’t handle schooling through this summer. I need the time off and any school we do needs to be uncomplicated. So we’re going to do things like math and language arts (if we don’t finish by the end of May).
4. Evaluate your curriculum.
Are you finding that you’re unable to juggle the curriculum you’re using? Maybe it’s just not working for your family. If you find yourself constantly struggling with finishing, it may be time to choose another gentler or more flexible curriculum.
What are some of your tips for finishing the homeschool year strong?