It is that time of year again. We are starting a New Year (and a new decade). So, what resolutions have you made this year? Lose weight? Develop an exercise routine? Stop smoking?
Most resolutions fall by the wayside before the month is out. Some are able to continue on with them but the vast majority does not. So, why not do something different? What if that something you did was also beneficial for your homeschool and family?
With the new calendar year, this is a good time to re-evaluate what is happening with our children’s education. Is the program we are doing working for them and for you? Is the educational philosophy you are following working? Do you need to do some tweaking? How is your record keeping? Are there areas that your children are struggling in? Are there areas that your children are exceeding beyond expectations?
As you sit and evaluate how your year is progressing, and you make plans to adjust where it needs to be adjusted, it is also a great time to think about how to beat those January blahs. What extra things could you work in with the subjects you are studying to make them special?
For example, if you are studying Ancient Egypt, could you plan a meal that does a traditional Egyptian recipe and/or foods? You could make place setting cards written in hieroglyphics. You could make mummy cases with candies in them. Make a pharaoh crown, in one of the three designs. You could also go and visit a museum that has Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Rent a movie dealing with Ancient Egypt.
What about taking a pottery making class together? Join the local recreation center and start swimming.
Whatever you do, it will truly enrich your school life.
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Written by: Susan Harris
Homeschool.com News Editor