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How to Refocus Your Homeschool {When Everything Went Sideways}

Woot! Another year is done, and we get to start a new one. The new year is a great time to reflect on the one just past, and decide what direction to go in the future. We get to decide what we liked – and did not. We more or less run on a calendar year because for our family, it makes sense. It also reflects how the real world operates.

When life hands you lemons…you know the rest!

In all seriousness, we had one of those years.

You know the type. The kind that brought massive change and upheaval to our family. We survived a cross-country move, leaving everything and everyone we knew behind, and moved to an area where we have no family and few friends. The move meant that it was the first year that we spent the holidays without family with whom to celebrate.

That said, the move was right, and every day we spend in Fort Worth, Texas confirms it.

The downside of turmoil is that we did not achieve all of our academic goals. There are writing projects that must still be done, history to study, and a few other things that fell by the wayside.

The beauty of homeschooling is the ability to change as needed

The ability to change when circumstances change is a hallmark of humanity – it honors the individual. It shows respect to the unique learning needs, and desires, in each of us.

What better way to honor our kids’ uniqueness than to sit back at the end of a year, reflect on what worked, change what did not, and continue moving forward?

The best laid plans of mice and men…

Did you have one of those years too? A year where everything got thrown out of the truck, in the dirt and run over by the same truck…several times?

I hope you did not, but if you did, here is how we are going to get back on track – maybe it will help you too.

  • Determine exactly where we want to be in 3 months, then 6 months. Actual target dates help you break it down to manageable tasks. It also gives concrete answers on how much time you have to finish individual tasks. 
  • Divide the number of projects or assignments by the the number of weeks. This gives us the number of items per week. You can decide to break it down by the day at that point, or have your kids do that, but either way, this is a way more manageable number with which to work.
  • Decide if the volume of work is feasible or must be spread out further. Sometimes, we fall behind more than we realize, and the time we need to achieve our goals needs to be adjusted.
  • Remember that no schedule is perfect, and whether you are actually “behind” is based solely on your perception. Is your perception skewed by what they do in school, or is it based on what you know about your family and kids? Behind is such an ambiguous idea anyhow – it implies that you have been measured against an arbitrary yard stick and found wanting. It is in your best interest to take ownership of that yardstick to make sure the measurement is fair and reflects your values and goals.

How was your year?

Tell us about it in the comments!