Spring is upon us and it’s almost time to begin a new semester. Here are a few tips that can help you get a good start!
- Focus on the positive.
In case your children are reluctant about starting homeschool, remind them of all the great things they are going to do! The thought will make them positive about study. Discuss all the field trips you will take, experiments you will do together and the many treats lined up for them when they complete their lessons on time.
- Pick a quote every week.
You can either choose a quote on your own or ask the whole family to find it together. Or a different member of the family can choose it each week. If it is a verse, make sure to read the entire chapter together. Incase it’s a quotation, try to find out more about who said it.
It is amazing how only a few words can help set the tone for the whole day!
Most of us forget to close our eyes and truly pray or we wait until things get completely overwhelming. If you are looking for motivation to drag your children out of a bed in the morning, remember, God’s there. If you feel stressed or burdened, He’s there. If you’re having a hard time, He’s there. Include praying in your routine.
- Evaluate the previous semester.
Make sure to evaluate the semester gone by. What worked? What did not work? What worked best for your children? What did they hate? What routine worked best for you? Keep all these answers in mind as you enter a new semester.
Planning the entire course of action is always a good idea. For instance, if you feel that you lose focus during certain times of the day, try to add activity time or break time then. Perhaps, you have always preferred doing school in the afternoon, but you are completely exhausted by the end of the day. It may be better to start earlier.
Maybe, you have always started with the least-favorite subject, but your little ones would look forward to starting with their favorite subject. Trying out new changes in your routine is easier during a new semester. However, do not change just for the sake of it. At the same time, do not feel obligated to keep doing homeschool the same way you have always done it.
Get ready for tomorrow by taking time today. It will really help you if you go ahead and get ready for tomorrow’s lessons (Example, textbooks, materials, quizzes, workbook pages). Review all the work you’ve done today and look over lesson plans from tomorrow.