Let me tell you something- I’ve given myself permission to not spend breaks or holidays doing school prep.
Actually, one of the things that I didn’t like about the idea of teaching in the classroom full time is that teachers have to use their breaks to plan and prep instead of just enjoying their families and resting…And so as a homeschool teacher, this is something I’ve decided that I’d like to do differently.
So now that my break is over and I’m feeling (kind of) rested, I’m going to spend this week preparing for the upcoming semester-focusing on just one thing per day.
I thought it would be nice to invite you into this process to share a bit about what I do and what works for me as I reset my homeschool for a new semester.
Each day this week, you’ll get an email like this, that will simply share with you what I’m doing to reset my homeschool for this new semester. I’ll try to share some pictures-but no promises, as I often forget to take them! Hehe.
So today is Day #1 and I’m focusing on getting my family on board and taking inventory. We are going to be talking about getting our families onboard more at The State of Black Homeschool this weekend, but basically, I’m saying to my crew, “Get excited! We are going to organize!” I try to make a big hurrah over refreshing and resetting so that my youngin’ is more eager to lend helping hands. My husband loves when this place is all together, so he’s already on board.
To take inventory, I’m pulling out all the things and setting them aside for when I’m ready to work on them this week. Normally, this would just be school stuff BUT this time, I’m pulling out the toys for reorganizing (read: purging), too, because we’ve got a post-holiday toy problem…but more on that later this week.
And that’s really it for today-I’m getting my boys excited and I’m putting books, toys, and pretty much anything that I know isn’t organized the way I want it to be in piles for me to go through and reset this week. My goal for this week is to make a major impact in a low-stress way which is why I’m only doing one, bite-sized task each day.
My hope is that this encourages you to take the time to reset too or that at least you like looking through my pictures knowing that my homeschool space gets jacked up, too.
Anyway, I’m excited to share about my journey this week, and next week, I’ll invite you into joining me (for free, of course) to plan for the upcoming semester. But let me stop before I get ahead of myself. 🙂