JMJ90 *How are you personally holding up? If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with? When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget. Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we are the clean-up crew and the leaf blowers!
Ring the School Bell 90/180 days
Our family is officially halfway through the school year, 90/180 days!
Yesterday, I encouraged readers to acknowledge their 1st semester accomplishments. Read here to see yesterday’s post on the importance of recognizing what you have accomplished in the first part of the year.
Now, it is time to start shifting gears, to think about the rest of the year.
Every year, the halfway mark catches me by surprise. Yikes! There is always so much left to do. It is a good marker to make sure we are on track for academics and other school year goals.
While setting goals, here are some questions to ask:
- Is your family on track with the academics? Where are you in your textbooks, or where are you in terms of the subjects/topics you wanted to cover? It helps to look at resources to see what is traditionally covered in school grades, however, the option is there, with homeschooling, to accelerate or slow down studies according to the needs of your child.
- What events are coming up on the calendar and how are you going to work around them or include them in your lesson planning? For example, camping trips and road trips provide many opportunities for enrichment.
- Do you have obligations to family or relatives that will affect your ability to accomplish goals? If so, think about what you can realistically accomplish. Maybe some things can be pushed forward to another academic year, or maybe your kids can take some outside classes or workshops to work on their studies.
- How are you personally holding up? If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with? When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget. Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we are the clean-up crew and the leaf blowers! It did help tremendously, though, to have help for a few years.
- Are you using lesson planners with your kids? This might be something to consider, especially as your kids get older and have so much more to keep track of. Initially, lesson planners are a bit of work to put together, but once they are done, the burden of knowing what to do falls on your kids. They need to take the initiative and do what needs to be done, without having to wait and see what the assignments are every day. My suggestion is a lesson planner for each child, as soon as they learn to read. When my kids were still non-readers, I would still give them a post-it with simple graphics to show what they needed to work on. They loved the sense of accomplishment it gave them, but they especially like the idea of a finite list of things to do!
Read here for more on lesson planners, from Day 1 of this school year!
Around the town… Application Days at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where Sabrina is applying, proved to be awesome. After being offered homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, freshly-baked from the cafeteria, Sabrina and I patiently waited for an admissions officer. Brentwood, where the school is located, is absolutely lovely. The cooler weather over here, closer to the ocean, provides the perfect climate for lush green lawns and vegetation.
It is adjacent to Beverly Hills, and a few miles away from the Pacific. Poised and confident in her new “scholarship” dress, Sabrina made an excellent impression on the admissions officer, who also happened to be an “ardent” fan of Jane Austen, a fellow “Janeite”. Sabrina left with an offer of admission and a merit scholarship, if she chooses to go there. We celebrated by enjoying a fruit tart at the Whole Foods bakery on the way home.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette