As the new homeschooling year begins - I wonder how you are feeling? Anxious, excited - keen to get going? Wanting a longer holiday? Wondering if you might try something new? Wondering if you'll keep going?
With the beginning of a new year, (true... it's almost the end of January...) I hope you have a build up of excitement of what might be possible this year; of new opportunities; of where God will be leading you!
I'm excited ... and looking forward to spending the year with you.
At the beginning of a new year, it's a great opportunity to consider where you might be headed.
Setting Goals is a big part of my site, but I do recognize that this is not always easy to do.
However, I do believe that it is good to sit and consider what your year might look like.
I know you might be busy and the year has already started ... but have you considered your own 2019 goals? Even though you may be in the thick of homeschooling - can you take time to think about what YOU might like to do..
You might think that that is being indulgent, but in reality, your kids will like to see you shine in a particular area. They like to see you happy and finding joy in what you do. So, play around with the thought for a while and perhaps even leave a note of what your new goal for 2019 is...
And what about where you're headed with your homeschool in 2019?
Whatever it might look like - it's a good idea to mull about it and write out where you would like to head this year in your homeschool.
When I was in the full swing of homeschooling, each January would be the time that I would create my new homeschool planner. I'd choose materials, make a schedule and set out new ideas of my ideal day. I know, "ideal days" don't happen all the time, but I still would plan and set an expectation in my mind.
Of course, that means that right next to the 'expectation' is going to be the rather BIG possibility of 'failure', but it really is your attitude to it all. The challenge is to keep the ideal - but be realistic at the same time.
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Personally, where am I headed in 2019?
Well - it's taken me a while to acknowledge this - but my hands-on homeschooling days are over!
I need to update my family page, but my youngest child is now 18 and working full time (as well as studying.)
So - for one thing, I am planning to spend more time updating, renewing content, adding new courses, pages and information to my website. I am wanting to be more faithful in delivering the very best content to you - to my readers who are still in the busy times with busy homeschool schedules!
How can I help? I really want to know so I can make sure that I am benefiting you!
Next - I am starting to empty out my homeschool books and resources.
That's REALLY DIFFICULT!!!
How do you decide what to keep? What to throw away? What to pass on?
Well, that's my first task in January - emptying my shelves... keep an eye on the Facebook page - as I might place some books on there for those who might be interested to buy secondhand (and pay postage! - Australia only!)
I'm excited for my subscribers - as I have lovely new ideas for 2019... to add for subscribers only..
If you want to try something new ... you might like to read my page on Teaching Creative Thinking. I have been inspired by a quote from the list, "Put a Wow in Every Day" and really enjoying a book which is ...
"Designed for .... "monkeys," who are willing to work on themselves, work to develop their business creativity, and work on coming up with innovative ideas ... and are ready to enjoy the very real benefits of that work."
Is that you? Or your children?
If you're looking to put a Wow in every Tomorrow - check out the quotes in my Flip Book on the right. As I contemplate how to teach creative thinking I am asking the question: As home educators - how do we ensure that we are producing thinkers - how can we make sure that the curriculum we use is focusing on skills and techniques and not just on content?
Let me know what you think...
Have a great beginning to 2019!