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This post has been revised from previous years.
Before we evaluate our “current” curriculum status, and “organize” the past stuff that needs to go, we really should take a moment and look to the future.
Yes, even before we start deciding which grammar and spelling curriculum to use next fall.
Think of this time as a great opportunity – it’s like the New Year Resolutions for homeschoolers. We’re out with the old and in with the new. And with that always comes a time of reflection, of celebrating being done, and also making resolutions/goals for the upcoming year.
And this is a really perfect time to sit down with your spouse and “Define Your Homeschooling Mission.”
Defining your purpose and vision (see, there goes my “Coaching” voice again) can be life-changing. I know that going through this process each year, (outside of homeschooling), truly helped me clarify the driving priorities and purposes in my life. Step-by-step, I began to evolve into who I am, and closer to whom I’m meant to be.
And oh, isn’t that what we want for our families? For our homeschool? For our children?
So as a personal homework assignment this week, sit down with the hubby, a cup of coffee (or chocolate ice cream, whichever makes the discussion go down better), and really just talk about these questions. Perhaps you might want to email him the link to this article ahead of time, giving him time to come up with his list of answers, and then you both can compare notes.
And just since we’re already going there, I want to point out this article that I read. WOW. Powerful stuff. But really, has the “homeschooling” become the driving force in all that you do in your home? Sadly, I’ve seen several “discussions” online that give me pause. Maybe because I led a Bible study in past years, entitled “No Other Gods” that I’m hypersensitive about this particular topic?
Regardless, we still want to make sure that God is the ruler of our home, our lives, AND our homeschools.
And once we, as individuals, as parents and as a family, able to truly envision that “better us” that God is ever developing, we can start to use that as our guideline.
How does that information define your choices?
- Does it affect particular curriculum choices?
- How do you keep homeschooling within it’s proper order of priority in your family?
- What things might need to be reviewed and adjusted from last year?
- What can you simplify in your family to make it all work out “to the glory of God” in hopefully a less chaotic, calmer manner?
- How are you teaching “living in priority” to your children? Are they learning from your life or only your words?
Yes, these are the things I’m contemplating right now – as I sit here and read reviews of middle school curriculum. Yes, here is Choice A, which everyone says is SO amazing, but they also say it’s very time consuming. Choice B is also good, and is online and self-directed (but not cheap!). Which one fits with my “simplifying, calming, and loving/nuturing” atmosphere I long to create? Perhaps it’s worth it to use the longer time-intensive program and make cuts somewhere else. Or, do I really need all those extra curriculum enhancement programs I’ve found online? When is too much? Or when is the extra just so much fun you don’t want to stop?
I guess what I’m saying is, this is a really good time to figure out where your lines seem to be drawn in the sand. Obviously I might not be able to figure out the answer to that middle school curriculum internal debate before convention, but knowing having our family mission statement and priorities organized, will make those decisions much easier and quicker. So, you know, you can enjoy everything else at convention!
(PS. Another reason I want to be clear on this before attending: Hubby attends HEAV with me each year. Which means he will actually SEE how much I spend in the Exibit Hall. More incentive to behave. Ha!)
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Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips