The End Of The Year Is A Good Time For Reflection
Come this time of year, we know that homeschooling families (and more especially Moms!), are running on empty.
But as you come to the end of another year of nurturing, guiding and educating, we want to encourage you to take some time before you finally “shut shop” for the holidays; and reflect on the year that was.
We are often so caught up in the business of all that is happening around us, that we too easily forget to look back and evaluate how we came to be where we are.
So, here are 5 simple and practical areas for you to reflect on that will benefit you and your children, when you once again start in the New Year… you’ll be so glad you took the time to follow through on these 5 things.
- What Worked?
Think about any new things that you introduced, or changes that you made. Was it a new Maths offering that sparked fresh interest in your child…? or starting earlier/later in the morning…? Perhaps a new eating regime for your children or changes made to their diet…? Did you lay new boundaries regarding limiting harmful screen time exposure or curfew for bedtime which saw them so much more awake and attentive…? and so on and so forth.
Chances are that during the holidays – especially over Christmas – we tend to be a lot more lenient with boundaries; and bad habits start to creep in when it comes to things like following a healthy diet, being allowed to stay up late, watching more TV etc.
You want to be sure that once the holidays are over and the New Year starts, that you have a clear picture of the things that you know you need to have in place and that work for your children and for you!
2. What Didn’t?
In many respects this is just the opposite of point number 1.
If there were things that didn’t work, be sure to avoid them next year. After all, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Don’t fall into this trap!
Try that new Maths syllabus, move your homeschooling to another part of the house – where it’s warmer/cooler / brighter/less bright… whatever! Let your child sit on a gym ball, take regular breaks/less regular breaks, do more/less kinaesthetic/auditory/visual activities to better suit your child’s learning “language”.
The important thing is, DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE CHANGES! especially in those areas that didn’t work; again, for your children’s sake AND for your sake!
- Where Were There Areas Of Growth?
As you get into the habit of keeping a record of “the year that was”, you’ll have more and more points of reference as regards recognising the improvements/growth/maturity that are happening in your children.
We all love to be encouraged and recognised for things that we are doing well/getting better at; and as the old saying goes, “Nothing breeds success like success.”
The important thing then is… PLEASE.CELEBRATE.THEM. Don’t be shy, make a BIG thing of the growth and maturity that you see in your children.
- Which Areas Need More Focus In The New Year?
There is almost always something in what we are doing, that we can improve. Perhaps your child needs to read more, write more, or even verbally narrate more – to help him order his thoughts and get comfortable with the sound of his own voice in a “public” forum.
Maybe he has a tendency to avoid trying new things/making changes to old things? In the loving, nurturing and patient atmosphere that is your homeschool, there is ample opportunity to gently address this and help him overcome this fear.
Maybe the area that needs focus is something more related to you, Mom! (Smile?) Do you perhaps need to work on your self-control, or time management, or being less distracted by other things that are causing you to lose focus in your homeschooling, or…?
I encourage you to “call it what it is” and then doggedly address and conquer it!
Godly thinking is important, but useless if it doesn’t lead to godly living. ~paraphrase of James 1:22
5. Write It Down!
Don’t be conned into believing that you’ll remember all the points that have come to mind as you’ve been mulling over the 4 areas, above… please, WRITE.THEM.DOWN.
Remember it’s not just for reference a few weeks from now. This can and will become your Homeschooling Journal as you venture down the years of educating your children. Just like a Prayer Journal where you look back and recognise how God has so graciously answered prayers, your Homeschooling Journal too will be a wonderful source of encouragement for you. In time, you will get to tick off the issues that needed addressing, reflect on and recognise the areas of growth and maturity – both in your children and in you – and yes, celebrate the victories that are scored as you disciple your children through homeschooling!
In Closing… Season’s Greetings, Office Closure And Thank You!
We are delighted that our newly structured, modular curriculum offering has been really well received since we launched in September! And we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you that have supported Love2Learn and Imperial International College over the past year. It has been both our privilege and pleasure to serve you; and we look so forward to doing more of this all over again in the New Year!
Our offices close on Friday, 13 December and are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, 9 January 2020.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe, peaceful and Blessed festive season.
THE LOVE2LEARN TEAM
“She will give birth to a son. You will name Him Jesus [the Lord saves].
Give Him that name because He will save his people from their sins.” ~Matthew 1:21
Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King!