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Is It Time to Start Planning? How to Get Your Children (and Yourself) Motivated for the New Homeschool Year

How do you get your children motivated to go back to school? Because we school around the Holy Days we have a very short break this summer between the close of the year and the start of the next one and I know for sure that none of us will be ready to go back and start up a new year…so how do you motivate your children when you know you aren’t feeling it either? I’m so deep in denial that my plan is take a vacation the weekend before we are supposed to be headed back to school. And I am planning outfits and meals..but not lesson plans! So this is for me and I hope it helps you too.

1. Have a plan.

You have to know what you are going to do and when you are going to do it.  I like lesson plans but I don’t like to make lesson plans for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Any more than that and I don’t feel flexible to change what isn’t working and will force myself to stay on tack.  For this reason I love a schedule that doesn’t boss me around. I don’t want to feel trapped by the schedule I want it to be a tool. So I make a schedule that reads more like a “To Do List” than a 30 min time slot schedule. I cross off what I have done and move the rest to tomorrow. I like to have a general game plan not a play by play. This works really well for my family and for me, but it wasn’t always this way. I tried a number of organizational tools and ideas before what I found what works for me. Don’t be afraid to experiment and go with what works for you.

2. Ease back into it.

You don’t have to do all the curriculum all at once on the first day. When you plan your lesson plans just make an adjustment for easing back into the school year.  I used to plan going back to school a couple of weeks early so that we could ease back into the schedule. Doing a subject here, then adding another there, taking a morning to acquaint ourselves with a new math book. All the while giving ourselves time to be patient with ourselves and each other. Announcing that the school day is over when you have only done Math…is a great way to earn Mom of the Year awards!

3. Be willing to step back into Summer as needed.

There is no reason why you can’t run to the park for the morning, or the splash pad, or take the afternoon off to watch a movie and drink an icy cold drink. You can call it a field trip, PE or a mental health day. Now I know I said I like to stay inside all summer and wait till the sun stops trying to poach our brains, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.  Before you know it it will be cold and rainy and in some severe cases SNOWY! So don’t miss out on that nice sunny weather if you have it and rush into full time school days. If you are the type that needs that structure then put those much needed breaks on the calendar.

I know you don’t want to be talking about the end of summer and going back to school, it is only the middle of July after all…but think about it…it is already the middle of JULY!

CHIME IN: What are some ways your help your children prepare for the new {home}school year? Let us know in the comments below!

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