January is typically a time of resolutions and goal setting. A time to change your ways, plan for your future, and reevaluate your past year. So why not Reevaluate Your Homeschool in January too?
Many of us who start our homeschool year in August or September have been moving along for 4 or 5 months. I know that we start in September and thus are about halfway through our second quarter, and are enjoying a much-needed break from our formal studies over this holiday season.
This is our 11th year homeschooling, and each year I move to be a little more flexible and a little more relaxed. Therefore despite knowing it can be difficult to get in the swing of things again after an extended break, we took three weeks totally off for Christmas and even light-weighted another week at the beginning. In previous years, we found that we really felt as though we missed out on enjoying extra holiday things by not taking enough time before December 25th off, so this year we rectified that situation!
Having a long break has given us all the chance to take a step back and look at what we have done so far this year. Of course there are things I am happy with and things I am not so happy with. The great thing is that having this break allows me the time to implement some changes and to do it before a whole year has gone by.
Why Reevaluate Your Homeschool in January?
1. Break Time to Reflect
It is very possible that you will be coming off a break for the holidays that has given you time to reflect and make changes if need be.
2. Only 1/4 of the Year Has Passed
If you start in August or September, then only about 1/4 of your year has passed. This is a sufficient amount of time to give to the curricula and practices you are using but not so much time that you have lost a whole year to something that may not have been working.
3. January Downtime
After all of the holiday hype, January is often a slower month for outside distractions and activities. This affords you the time to implement any changes you may have decided to make.
So as you are celebrating the coming of the new year, consider taking a little time to reflect and adjust your homeschool practices too!