Even if you start your school year in August or September, the turning of the calendar year from one year to the next can be a great time to organize, catch up, and clean out. Typically families take a break around Christmas and New Year’s. This break offers you a chance to reboot, rethink, and reorganize. For this reason alone, you should consider spending a little of your holiday break organizing your homeschool for the New Year.
Organizing Your Homeschool for the New Year
- Catch up on any grading or looking over of the work your kids have done thus far. Inevitably the daily rush takes hold and I get behind on logging their work, or grading one subject or another, or really taking the time to look at and praise their efforts in some major project they worked on.
- Have the kids clear off their work spaces. My little two collect clutter, I swear! For this reason I periodically have them clean up and clear out their work spaces. It allows them to put away things they wanted to save, throw out the garbage, and then wipe down their de-cluttered work space.
- Make plans for the upcoming months. I often take a little time to be sure I have everything organized and printed for the first couple of months of the New Year. If I can gather myself together in this manner, it makes the daily grind go much smoother.
- Be aware of sales. There are often countdown sales, New Year sales, etc at this time of year. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a curriculum you may be wanting for the future. This is a great time to stay ahead of the curve and save some money and that curriculum you have been wanting to add to your collection!