Are you ready to plan the next school year? Read this post to learn the 3 things you must ask yourself before you start so that you will be ready to plan the next school year successfully.
Don’t you just love planning? Like, planning anything really, but especially homeschool. With the frosty temperatures giving way to the sunshine and birds singing of spring, this is the time of year where I like to plan for the coming school year.
Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of looking back over the homeschool year before you start planning for the future one.
You see, it’s tempting to want to jump right in to the coming year and start visualizing all the new things you want to add. Maybe an afternoon tea time you want to try next year or a fun Friday activity. However, before you begin you need to look back and see what worked and what didn’t. That way, as you plan for the future, you don’t accidentally add something that didn’t actually work the first time.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself about the previous school year that will help you successfully plan for the coming year.
Did we accomplish everything planned?
This question will help you to realistically plan for the coming year. If you didn’t get to a lot of the things you had planned, perhaps you planned too much. Next year, give yourself more wiggle room in the year or don’t fill your plate so full.
Maybe you did accomplish all that you had planned. Could you fit in another subject? Maybe you do have time for that extracurricular your child has been begging you for after all. Review this information to help you determine a realistic work load for the future.
What did we always make time for?
You planned a bunch of new and exciting things into your homeschool last year right? Of all those things, what did you actually make time for, day in and day out? What did you and your children really get excited about doing? Keep those things! Maybe you can make them even better next year!
Conversely, what are the things that you never felt like doing? Maybe a particular curriculum just wasn’t what is was cracked up to be. Maybe you liked the idea of a certain weekly activity but when it came down to it, you just never got it ready. This question will pinpoint what didn’t work so that you can throw it out for the coming year as well as help you plan to keep what worked.
Did we have fun?
In my mind, probably the most important question to ask yourself is “did I have fun?” We get the pleasure of homeschooling our children. It is a gift! While it can get tiring and maybe a little overwhelming at times, please don’t forget to have fun.
Look back over your homeschool year and think about all the fun you had. What homeschool curriculum or activities brought your and your children the most joy? Keep those things! Get rid of the things that only brought you stress and anxiety. Make fun a priority. Schedule it into your school year.
Bonus, it get’s you pumped up for the coming school year and ready to start planning because after asking yourself these three questions, you will be ready to plan a successful new school year.
As a recap, here’s the list of the three questions you should ask yourself about the previous homeschool year before you start planning the next:
- Did we accomplish everything I had planned?
- What did we always make time for no matter what?
- Did we have fun?
Now you are ready to start planning your next school year!