A New Year – A Fresh Start

It’s nearing the end of the summer, and as you are reflecting on the last school year things don’t look as you had planned. Life got in the way and you weren’t able to do all of those fun field trips that were on the agenda. The curriculum that you so carefully selected didn’t turn out half as great as you had envisioned. Trust me, if you have been homeschooling for any time at all you have had these moments.

A New Year

If this is your first time feeling this way, you aren’t alone. We have all had less than stellar times in our homeschool journey. The beauty of it though, is that it is time for a new year, and you get a fresh start. A clean planner waiting for the pages to be filled. A fresh start to ditch the curriculum that isn’t working and try something that will.

If you are struggling with the ways things went in your homeschool last year…put the past behind you. A new year is here, and full of grace! Get excited about all that your children will learn this year. Know that when anything in life is worth pursuing, there will be some struggles. It is just the way things are. But, those struggles are what make us stronger. That even applies to your school work with the kids.

My number one tip that I would give you to have a successful school year- Pray! Wake up each morning and have your quiet prayer and devotion time. I can not tell you the difference it makes in our school day. When I am calm and relaxed to start the day, so are they. If I start the day frazzled and short on patience, so are they.

I pray that each and every one of you have an amazing school year. What is something that you have found really helps your homeschool run smoothly?

 

About Heather

I am a wife of 15 years to my best friend, mom to 6 incredible little ones, and a daughter of the King! Join me on my journey as I strive to serve the Lord with all my heart and live my life to the fullest!

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2 Responses to A New Year – A Fresh Start

  1. Shay August 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Amen! A fresh start just feels so great.

    Writing out a very basic schedule each day on our big white board – even if it’s just “school, chores, lunch, naps, etc.” – helps my kids and I to stay focused and to visually see what else we have left to do.

  2. Barbie August 12, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    As a full-time working mom who homeschools, it is important that I lay out my schedule and planner for the entire year before we start. Although I allow some flexibility to move away from the schedule/plan, it helps to keep me focused and ahead of the game.

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