For once, it actually *feels* like it should be a new year. The busyness, perhaps? And clichéd as it is to reflect back on the year past, well, it is helpful! It’s almost like a fresh-start in the midst of winter, a chance to see all that you’ve accomplished so far…and hey, at least you can say that you’ve made it half-way through the school year. Almost there!
Some questions we’ve found to be helpful to ask:
*What worked this year for curriculum? What didn’t? Have learning styles remained consistent? Does anything need to be changed or switched around?
*What new interests surfaced? How can we further these? (Co-op classes, unit studies, Teaching Co. tapes, just more reading time)
*What field trips did we take? What field trips do we want to take?
*Any new patterns surfacing? Working better in the mornings, evenings, mid-afternoon right after lunch?
*Are the records caught up? What about book lists?
*Are we on-track to finish the goals we’ve set? Are those goals still worth pursuing, or do we need to adjust the plan going forward?
*How has the long-term view changed? (This is one I find I need to continually look at, and it’s absolutely astonishing to me how much the smallest thing can alter it!)
*What nagging tasks can we take care of to start the new year fresh and unencumbered? (This one always seems to involve math for us).
*How has the tone of our homeschool been? Are there are any character traits that need to be worked on?
*What can we declutter? There are plenty of printable inventory forms online which can be helpful, and then there’s always the tried-and-true “go through everything and chuck it in a store/give/throw box” method.
*And finally, how has our spiritual walk been?
Homeschooling is the ultimate customizable, fit-to-measure type of education, and it’s AMAZING what can change from day-to-day, never mind month-to-month! So take a look, evaluate, and feel the freedom in being able to shift, move, and juggle things to create whatever sort of plan is best for your family—even if it is different than what you set out with!
Best of luck in the New Year!