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Do you analyze your life at the end of the year?  Do you create a list of New Year's Resolutions?  At the end of a year, I always consider how life was and how I would like it to be different.  Though, I may not always write a list, there is certainly a place in my life for resolutions.

Homeschool Year

As a homeschool mom, the end of a calendar year is also the end of a semester of learning.  I was very conscious of this and always wanted to improve.  When we're in the midst of teaching, we don't always have enough time to think through how far we've come.  At the end of the year, I like to revisit the semester to see what worked and what didn't.

Make Any Necessary Changes
Many years, the new year brought about a change of curriculum.  That doesn't mean I changed everything, but usually just one subject.  But, there's nothing wrong with making a drastic change if it's needed.  If your child can't learn a certain way, it's the teacher's job to find a way that they can learn.

Marriage Comes First
Although I'm a homeschool mom/teacher, I'm first a wife.  There are always things I need to do to improve in this area.  It's good to resolve to make the changes needed to have the best marriage possible.  Homeschool never will work well, if my marriage is struggling.

Create a Special Beginning
After a Christmas break, it always seemed like a resolution to buckle down was helpful.  The children can have a hard time getting back on a full school schedule after time off.  At our house, we would discuss how we felt, and then have a special celebration to kick off the new year in school.  It would be fun to plan a fun field trip to go along with the first week back of learning.


What are your New Year's Homeschool Resolutions?  Do you start the year in a unique way?  Whatever works in your home, don't feel like you have to be like anyone else.  Comparing your homeschool with someone else's won't be the right answer.  Enjoy your family and your New Year!

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman


  1. After talking with my boys about our year so far we've all decided to scale back on our activities out of the house and spend a bit more time at home. We enjoy seeing our friends but felt like life was getting too hectic.

    1. I love that you discussed it with them! It really helps them to mature in their decision making :)

  2. Helpful ways to stay focus on important goals. Always take time to understand why. My resolution is to stay active

    1. Thanks! Your resolution is wonderful, and I wish you the best :)

  3. It is always great to have some plans at the beginning of they new year. I wish you the best. God Bless

  4. I don't have school age kids, but have friends who home school. The kids are so excited with how interesting she makes learning, and the children are very bright. I'm sure she does lots of planning.

  5. I love that you include Marriage Comes First!! Its so true and so important!! Yet it's so easily forgotten!

    1. That's true! We get so busy with everything, but have to keep this first :)


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