Join Gretchen Roe in a conversation with Janna Koch, BookShark‘s Community Manager, about fitting curriculum around your family instead of the other way around. Often we begin our homeschool journeys with a specific plan, and as we reach the midpoint of the year, we find things that are not working as well as we thought. We will offer practical tips in evaluating what is working, what might work better, and how you might change the course of your homeschool ship.
Your homeschool year can be full of joy—and stress. We want to encourage you that “some is better than none.” Keep in mind the five suggestions that Janna offers:
1) Stretch It Out
Don’t worry about artificial deadlines. The curriculum suggests 24 weeks to complete? The same results can be achieved in 30 weeks with less stress.
2) Speed It Up
If your child is clearly grasping the content, there is no requirement to do all of the practice. Select what demonstrates their understanding and move forward. Remember, you have the latitude to do that.
3) Sample the Example
Sometimes learning from the examples is the best you can do. Recognize that if time is limited, this is a great opportunity to condense learning. Revisiting material in more depth later is always an option.
4) Strike It Out
If something is not working for your family, cross it off the list. Remember, you are in charge. Maybe what is not working now can be a summer enrichment later.
When it is not working, stop and play a game. Even 15 minutes of Uno can provide a brain break.
Two more thoughts for you to consider:
- As you plan your relaunch, start with the oldest child. You have the least amount of time left with them.
- Remember, there is no failure. FAIL means “first attempt in learning.”
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