As a year round homeschooler the way you keep your focus differs from that of a 9 month homeschooler. We have more days to complete our homeschool year, so we don’t have to be as strict with our curriculum or plans. Yet, we must take time to ensure that we’re focusing on the right things and pressing our children forward in their education throughout our homeschool year.
Since most year round homeschool moms make brief outlines (at least) for our entire homeschool year, we have to ensure that we pay attention to small portions of our schedule so we stay focused all year long. Whether we choose to evaluate how our homeschool lessons/plans are progressing on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis is up to each family.
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It is important to stay focused in our homeschool so that we know what we’ve covered and what we still need to cover throughout the rest of the year.
How we focus on our homeschool schedule depends on what we consider a priority in our homeschool. Math, Reading and English are subjects that we need to stay on top of throughout every homeschool year. Our children will need these subjects their entire lives and it is our responsibility to ensure that they know them well. Beyond these subjects, what we focus on and when we focus on them is up to each individual homeschool family. There is no right or wrong way to homeschool, so when you choose to study different subjects/topics throughout your homeschool year is entirely up to you.
It is extremely important for a year round homeschool mom to remain focused throughout the entire year because her children will follow her lead. If mom isn’t focused on her family’s homeschool journey consistently, then her children will begin to lose their focus, inspiration and will become bored, irritated and fight each homeschool day. Many homeschool mom’s stop using a year round homeschooling method because they feel they can not focus on school all year long. For this reason it is important to remember to take breaks, to not over plan your days and remain flexible in your year round homeschooling schedule.
Depending on what homeschool method you use as a year round homeschooler will also greatly determine how you focus throughout the year. A textbook laden homeschool will require much more focus than that of a Charlotte Mason or Child Led homeschooler. So, don’t get caught up in the comparison trap with how other homeschool moms focus or plan their homeschool year. Your homeschool journey is unique and how you remain focused will differ from how other homeschool moms do, just figure out what works for you and stick with it. Don’t worry about what other homeschool moms are doing, your specific calling to homeschool is yours alone. Trying to take on another homeschool mom’s calling will cause you to fail at your own.
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