Ahh…January. A month of new beginnings. Fresh starts. A chance to re-evaluate and make adjustments. For the homeschool mom, the “new” of January often brings an opportunity to overhaul the chosen curriculum.
It is likely that after four to five months of use, the honeymoon stage of all the books and lesson plan guides purchased last fall is over. The sparkle of excitement for learning that both you and your children shared back in September has probably began to fade. With the realization that the mid-year hump has arrived, you might be regretting the idea of continuing the school year with your curriculum choices, especially if they have, at times, brought tears of frustration or have not lived up to your expectations. Chances are, you might be entertaining notions of pulling out all those curriculum catalogs in hopes of starting fresh. But, before you “jump ship” on your previously purchased program, I encourage you to ask yourself a few basic questions.
Is the lack of motivation a discipline issue?
Am I adhering too rigidly to a prescribe pace?
Am I only utilizing the basics?
If after you’ve thoroughly examined these possibilities, you still feel like a change is due, ask yourself this…
Can I re-purpose some or all of my current curriculum?
Formerly an elementary school teacher, Jamie left the school desk to bring the learning home in 2006. She is the doting wife to “Mr. Right” and blessed momma of five gifts. After some simple trial-and-error, she found herself homeschooling with an eclectic, Charlotte Mason-esque approach. Somewhere between diapers and division flashcards, she finds time to write and speak about parenting, organization, and homeschooling. You can find Jamie enjoying a cup of dark chocolate mocha while blogging at The Unlikely Homeschool, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.