In the week or two after Christmas, my thoughts turn to organizing and planning for the upcoming semester. It’s not quite the same as a new school year, but the start of a new calendar year does offer a bit of that “fresh start” feeling. If you’re there (or will be), too, check out this round-up of posts to help you get ready for the last half of the school year.
Christmas break is a fairly common time for families frustrated with traditional schools to begin homeschooling. If that describes your family, don’t miss this article with tips for making a smooth transition.
This article offers more advice for beginning homeschool in the middle of the school year.
It’s also not particularly unusual for families to decide to make curriculum changes this time of year. The start of a new semester is a good time to start fresh if what you’ve been using clearly isn’t working.
While you’re planning your second-semester calendar, be sure to schedule in a few teacher in-service days. Classroom teachers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from some planning time.
If you don’t already have a day built in to catch up missed school work, you need one. It’s one of the best things I ever did for my homeschool. It takes the stress out of unplanned interruptions like sick days or appointments. And if you don’t get behind, you can use the day for fun enrichment projects or field trips.
Alicia shared this as a back-to-school post, but it has some fantastic ideas for a relatively inexpensive tool – spiral notebooks. If you need to spice up (or simplify) your homeschool, check it out.
If your first semester wasn’t as organized as you’d have hoped, use Christmas break to get organized. I love the customizable homeschool teacher planners for A Plan in Place – and I really didn’t think I needed a planner.
Get tips for handling those inevitable homeschool sick days.
This one is just in case you need a reminder or two before jumping into the second half of the school year.
I hope these articles help as you get ready to plan and implement the second semester of your homeschool year.
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.