When we started our new homeschool year in August, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, I had all the books; I planned our scope for the year, the projects that I wanted to work on. I made adjustments knowing we would take a long homeschool break during the holidays. I guess I wasn’t prepared to accomplish more than I originally expected.
You see, this was the first year we didn’t go with our normal curriculum instructor’s guide. Don’t get me wrong, I love the instructor’s guide, but there were so many things I was planning on changing and stretching out, that I didn’t think having the instructor’s guide would be a good thing.
We were in a bit of a limbo as far as the scheduling of our year would go. What did I do? I had my high expectations and we worked hard, one of the benefits of homeschooling I think.
Yet, we got to the end of February, and when I was sitting down to do a rough plan for March, I realized that we were essentially done.
Now, I don’t think you are ever really *done* with learning, but we were done with what I had planned for the year…and we still have a few months left to go!
I thought about backing off from school, not necessarily taking a break, but doing more review, free reading, projects, and less actual math books and reading/language arts/English curriculum.
That thought process didn’t last long for me.
Part of what I love about homeschooling, and more specifically year ‘round homeschooling, is that we can just move on. There is nothing stopping us from starting the next thing.
With the realization that we could just keep going, I decided to sit down and look at the catalogs and online for book resources to continue our year. I talked a little bit about my plans a couple weeks ago.
We have been using the Fun-Schooling books that each of the kids got several weeks ago, but I knew that I needed a little bit more to fill out our time.
I decided to go ahead and place an order for new curriculum.
We are still set with our “core” of history/read-alouds/science, but I knew that I needed to order new readers for Emma, new handwriting books for both the kids, new math books. I didn’t want to wait.
This past Saturday the first order of books arrived, and we started with a whole new set of books yesterday after our little spring break last week!
There is nothing like getting new books to breathe life into your homeschool year, at least that is my experience. Emma and Jack were so excited to do school yesterday, they moved through everything quickly and efficiently, and we were done by lunch.
Those are the days that I love, when everyone is in high spirits, we accomplish a lot in a short amount of time, and we still feel refreshed at the end of the day.
The whole point of me homeschooling is to work at the kids’ pace, so I shouldn’t hold them back when they move faster through work than I expected, and I shouldn’t speed them through concepts to get to the next thing if they need to spend more time on it.
We did start yesterday with these new books, but I know I need to sit down and really read through the books to get a good sense of the direction we are going. And while I talked about not buying the instructor’s guide this year, I did end up purchasing it with the new readers, because that is where I can get the readers schedule and some of the questions to go along with the books.
What do you do when your kids don’t follow the normal “schedule?” Are you always thinking about “the next thing?” What do you do when you accomplish more than you expect to?