Monday, January 20, 2020

Homeschooling ~ Mid Year Looking Back & Planning Forward

You may already know that we homeschool.  Here's the thing about it, while we are midway through a school year, we, in many ways, school year round.  Why?  Because each day is an opportunity to learn and grow.  It is an opportunity to gain wisdom that you can share with the world around you.

You can take learning wherever you go, in the moment, and let it flow.  When you homeschool, it doesn't mean you are home at the table the whole time.  You create a schedule that works with your family, pull pieces of curriculum to teach from, and let life be lived.  

Learning happens through hands on, activities, play, adventures, exploring.  You can learn a lot just by watching the world around you even.

Our homeschool day, week, month, year may look different than yours, or different than the school you send your kids to, or different than what you thought homeschooling meant.  Or it may have some pieces that are similar.

As we move into January, I take the time to look through where we are at.  We have our first day of school the day after labor day and then we go until the end of May.  However, that doesn't stop us from continuing some of the things throughout the Summer.  During our school year, is when I add in all areas of learning: math, reading, geography, science, history, art, p.e.  But there are some things that continue year round just by the nature of what they are or because it is an interest of my kiddos.

Math and reading we keep working on each week.  But at the same time, if we are traveling in the Summer we disconnect from the Ipad that we use for math and reading.  Instead it comes out in the day to day on our vacations.  The flip of that is that when we travel during the school year, if it is during the week, we will either include the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds or we will double the week before we go.

But I have found that consistency is key for some components.  Which is why Reading Eggs and Mathseeds happens year round.  As does creativeness, adventures, play, outside, and book reading.  

Midway through the school year I take a look at our plan.  I see where we are at, make any necessary changes, track our course, and do a simple review.  But because learning is continuous, we make the needed changes as often as needed throughout the entire year.

Do you homeschool?  Share below what it looks like for your family

If you don't homeschool, have you ever thought about it?  Share below what is stopping you from taking the path.

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