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Whether you homeschool according to a traditional school calendar or year-round, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons always seem to come at the right time. By mid-November, if you are like most homeschool parents, you probably need a break. Hopefully, you took one, but now it is time to get back to work. If you grunted, expect the same response from your children.

It is all about the plan? Do you have one? Even if the original plan you created at the beginning of the school year got derailed, you still need a plan to finish out the year. It is a New Year and the finish line is out there. To cross it, you need a new plan.

Evaluate your progress.
According to the plan you set at the beginning of the school year, how is that working for you? You may have wanted to finally include science or art into your school, but it never happened? You may have planned on homeschooling five days a week and could only finish four with what little bit of your mind that was left. Your children absolutely hate don’t care for the math program you knew would make a positive difference in the way they learned.

If you experienced any of these things, it is okay and there is still a way to make the school year successful.

Determine the plan.
The plan is to finish school no matter what and here is how you can do that.

What is the final countdown?
Time is on your side! In some states, students are required to complete 180 days of school. Whatever the number of school days you are required to complete, compare those against what you have actually done. If 180 days is your year, you should have 90 days completed by this time. If not, figure out what is needed for the remainder of the school year. You may need to try that five-day schedule you originally planned or consider some weekend school. Once you determine the days you need, the final day of school and the months you have to complete everything (figure illnesses, scheduled vacations, field trips, etc.) you can start putting together the pieces of your plan.

What curricula to use?
Go through the material you are using for the subjects you teach and decide what is working and what is not working. A lot of money often goes into the purchase of curricula, so tossing something out that does not work is not always an option. Determine the “what and why” something has not worked and see if you can remedy it by doing some tweaking. If you are financially able and have some time, search for new curriculum that may better work for your family. Before you begin searching for something new, decide what you want and remember what did not work and why. Also, decide what new subjects, if any, you will add into your school.

What’s on schedule?
Now that you know the remaining days you need and what you are going to teach, plot the days against the material to be completed. Keep in mind you do not have to make it through to the last page of a textbook or to the final online lesson to consider being done for the school year. Some subjects have material that may be rolled into the next school year.

Get yourself together!
One of the most time consuming experiences of homeschooling is the administrative part. There are copies to be made, schedules to be set, grade reporting and attendance to be done and everything else that helps the school day run smoothly. After you have completed the required reporting to HomeLife Academy, get your school in order. Collect and prepare everything you need for at least one week of school. Make copies, cut printables and print schedules and worksheets. If you are able to put together two weeks or more, do it, but do not prepare too far out. You may need to make some adjustments along the way and unnecessary copying and cutting is just unnecessary.

Also, take some time to organize your homeschool room or area. Minds think more clearly in an uncluttered environment.

Share at a team meeting.
Once you have a plan, discuss it with your team, your students. The road to success always includes team members who are working together and pulling their own weight. Let your children know the plan for school and allow them to share their thoughts. School days may be more pleasant if everyone has an opportunity to provide input in how school flows. Nothing brings a family together better than working toward a common goal.

Make everything new again and celebrate.
It may not be the beginning of the school year, but it is new. Celebrate the beginning of the second portion of school. Take your team meeting on the road to a local coffee house, a favorite restaurant or throw a party at home. Gift your children with new supplies (a new cool pen, pencils, notebooks, etc.) or buy something new for the classroom, like an electric pencil sharpener or a computer.

Creating a thorough plan will give you direction for accomplishing your goals.


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