Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
You greatly seize upon your homeschool freedoms when you adapt and change. You are not locked into a schedule, curriculum or rules like those in conventional schools. You don’t have to go through a teacher, principal or bureaucracy to change what is best for your children. You have complete FREEDOM to customize your children’s education as needs and opportunities change. Additionally, change keeps learning and life fresh and exciting.
You have complete FREEDOM to customize your children’s education as needs and opportunities change.
Here are a few questions to consider:
Do you want to spend more time enjoying your kids?
Are you feeling burnt out?
Did part of your curriculum often result in tears or frustration?
Do you feel you are are spending a lot of time nagging or being negative?
Would you like more homeschool family friends?
Are you looking to offer a greater variety of learning opportunities outside the home to your kiddos?
Would you like to improve your family dynamic?
Change keeps learning and life fresh and exciting.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I urge you to evaluate what you should change this year. Now is the time for a fresh start! Talk to your spouse and kids. Ask them what they loved about last year and want to continue and what they did not like. Be in community with other homeschool families and learn from them. Seek out opportunities you never considered before. Pick the brains of parents who have great kids.
Seek out opportunities you never considered before. Pick the brains of parents who have great kids.
Take it from someone who was feeling burnt out about this time last year. I’m glad I made some pretty radical changes. They were a gamble for us but paid off big time on so many levels. We had our most joyful, inspiring and memorable year yet, and I am now more passionate about homeschooling than ever. A big reason I created The Contemporary Homeschooler is for YOU. I want to share my experiences and insights with you as well as learn from all of you and be in community together learning from one another.
While homeschooling is not always easy, when we learn to adapt we can enjoy much success and happiness.
So I ask you, what will you change this year?
If you would like to learn how we changed our schedule this past year, then check out these posts:
Academic Scheduling for More Experiential Learning Part One
Academic Scheduling for More Experiential Learning Part Two
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2 thoughts on “What Will You Change in Your Homeschool This Year?”
As a home school mom of 13 years I have had my burn out moments as well. It’s so encouraging to read about other moms’ experiences and how they overcame their obstacles and challenges.
Thanks so much for sharing. I think it is important for new and experienced homeschool parents to know that they are not alone when they feel burnt out. I’m so glad to have worked through it because my husband and I really believe in homeschooling for our family. With 13 years of homeschooling under your belt, I’m sure your have tremendous wisdom to impart. 🙂