6. Read, read, read together.
Slowing down doesn’t mean we won’t read everything in sight, though.
I am a huge proponent of childhood literacy and I intend to continue instilling that in our kids. Reading is the most important skill a child can learn – by far.
If you can read, you can learn anything. And if you like to read, you WILL learn anything.
We’ll be spending even more time sharing stories and writing stories together this year.
Sometimes, when I’m exhausted, we just spend an entire lesson reading a random book. It nearly always leads to questions about science, history, and math that we end up exploring.
7. Let the kids teach.
There is no better way for a child to learn than by teaching someone else. And, since we have multiple kids, they can help teach one another.
My two youngest children are very close and they tend to work well together. So, when our youngest daughter needs help with math, her older brother is available to help her.
That frees me up to work with our oldest son who also needs help with math from time to time.
A note of caution here: Always pair up kids who already get along. If I tried to get my oldest son to help our youngest daughter, there would be fireworks.
8. Take frequent breaks.
I tend to go into “hyperfocus” (a common symptom of ADD), but while that works for me at times, it doesn’t work for my kids.
They need regular movement breaks to help them refocus their mental energy for a new concept or a different topic. I plan to schedule a movement break at least once an hour of the school day.
9. Include more creative activities.
Creativity will be taking a front seat on our homeschooling journey this year.
Our entire family loves live theater, so we’ve been encouraging the kids to display their creativity with costumes, poetry recitations, songs, and more.
Bonus points if they can weave in something they’re currently learning!
10. Begin each school day with family time.
This resolution relates back to #5, because it has to do with slowing down in our homeschool journey.
For years, my typical homeschool morning routine went like this: wake up the kids, tell them to make their beds, tell them to start on breakfast, eat breakfast, start school.
This year, I want to start the day a bit slower and connect with them all each morning. That’s going to take time because I have four children.
But I believe those shared moments with each child will set the tone for the day.
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Those are my 10 new school year resolutions!
Do you have any changes you intend to make this school year? Are you planning to adjust your style of teaching or the way you structure your lessons?
Let me know in the comments!
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