new year, new beginning

There is something about the beginning of the New Year that brings a sense of peace. Everything is fresh, exciting and well, new. It is a new beginning. You are filled with enthusiasm to do great things. Along with having energy to begin a new semester, you feel capable enough to “right all of the wrongs” that happened during the first semester of the school year. Putting fear aside, it may be time to make some changes:

“If you don’t already” Do not be afraid to start homeschooling
If your child is currently attending public or private school and it is not working, consider homeschooling.

Do not be afraid to make changes to curriculum!
If it is not working, it may be time to move on to something different. Just because a curriculum worked for one child does not mean it will work for another one. Sometimes, it may take trying more than one curriculum before finding the one that is a better fit for your child.

Do not be afraid to add something new.
Math, reading and writing are a must, but your child may enjoy art or music or forensic science or computer programming. Find time to squeeze it in and let them pursue a study that interests them.

Do not be afraid to chunk something altogether.
It may sound ridiculous, but you may need to toss it all out and start fresh with new curricula. This is only a suggestion if none of what you are using is working for your child.

Do not be afraid to take a longer break.
Although most families are returning to school from the Christmas holiday, it does not mean you have to do the same. If you and your children need more time away from the books, take it! Returning to school will be a lot easier once everyone is rested and “excited” about school.

Do not be afraid to get some help.
It may be called homeschooling, but that does not mean all teaching and learning has to be done at home. Joining a co-op to share teaching responsibilities or using a tutor or tutorial program are great ways to assist you with teaching your child.

Do not be afraid to change your schedule.
Covering math and science in the morning may be too overwhelming for your child. If the current schedule for completing their subjects is not working, switch it around within the week or even the day. Science in the afternoon as the last subject of the day can be fun.

Embrace the New Year and do not be afraid to make changes towards a great finish to the school year.

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