10 Posts to Help You Tackle Your Second Semester

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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.


How to Transition from Public School to Homeschool

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.

6 Simple Steps to Help You Start Homeschooling Mid-Year

This article offers more advice for beginning homeschool in the middle of the school year.

3 Tips for Changing Curriculum Mid-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.

Teacher In-Service Days Homeschool Style

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.

6 Benefits of a Built-in Catch-up Day

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.

8 Ways to Use Spiral Notebooks in Your Homeschool

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.

Customizable Homeschool Teacher Planners

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.

Customizable Student Planners

Help your students get organized, too. A Plan in Place has customizable planners from early learning all the way through high school.

How Sick Is Too Sick to Homeschool?

Get tips for handling those inevitable homeschool sick days.

10 More Homeschooing Do’s and Don’ts

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.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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