The semester is wrapping up and things are ending! The seasons are changing and so are you—and your children. Winter is a fantastic season full of opportunities for fun, wonder, learning, and discovery! Don’t miss out on those because you haven’t met your mid-year homeschooling goals.
Are Your Goals Appropriate?
Meeting our mid-year homeschooling goals can be something we gleefully check off a mental list. Not completing them, though, can be a cause for stress. If you haven’t completed your mid-year goals, just ask yourself “Why?” Sometimes it’s because we’ve spent too much time out of the curriculum, but other times it’s because we didn’t set appropriate goals based on each child’s needs and our desire for his learning.
Don’t Move the Finish Line
While changing your goals isn’t the answer at this point, it might be time to change how you approach your goals. If you think you didn’t meet them because of curriculum constraints, maybe reconsider your curriculum. It’s definitely okay to change your curriculum to meet your goals, but try to avoid changing the goals. When you set your homeschooling goals, you knew what you wanted for each child and why. You may find it extremely difficult to get anywhere if you keep moving the finish line.
So What’s the Answer?
We want to encourage you to do whatever it takes to meet those goals! You’ll feel so good when you do. For instance, if you didn’t complete your math book and your child still struggles with his multiplication tables, consider downloading an app or having him play multiplication games in lieu of completing every last page in the textbook. He just might be motivated himself to learn those times tables, especially if he feels like he’s getting a break from the textbook! It’s great to change the plan of action, but don’t change the action plan.
If, on the other hand, you did meet your goals, then rejoice in that! Make sure you have a special day set aside to celebrate what you and your children have accomplished this semester and how you all met your goals. Likely, your children are feeling a sense of relief and so should you. Before you spend your Christmas break gearing up for the next semester, take some time off completely and enjoy your family time. You won’t regret it!