6. Read, read, read together.
That 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.
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 to teach one another. This year, I’ll be letting them take turns teaching a class once a week. They’ll look over the material, prepare a lesson, and provide assistance as needed. I’ll be available to help them plan, but the actual class is all theirs. Plus, I’ll get a tiny break!
8. Take frequent brain breaks.
I tend to go into “hyperfocus” (a common symptom of ADD), but while that works for me, it doesn’t work for my kids. We’ve used brain breaks sporadically in the past, but they’ll become a regular part of our days this year. Since two of our kids have ADHD, taking frequent breaks from “school” helps them to work out their energy and refocus to learn. I plan to schedule brain breaks at least every hour of the school day.
9. Include more creative activities.
Creativity will be taking a front seat on our homeschooling journey this year. Both my oldest daughter and I are huge fans of dance, so Jay and I have talked about including opportunities for the kids to create their own unique choreography set to classic stories and musical pieces. Our oldest son has also started creating his own dramatic reenactments, complete with costumes, so I want to encourage him to retell what he’s learned in a creative manner also.
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. My typical homeschool morning routine goes 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.
And 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 us know in the comments!
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