It feels like we just wrapped up another homeschool year at our house, and now we have a new school year upon us once again. With it comes so much hope that this year we are going to figure it all out. And with that excitement we jump right in, but our children don’t tend to have the same kind of enthusiasm. As moms we have spent the summer finding the perfect curriculum and planning the perfect homeschool year and we just can’t wait to get started, but our kids show up with a bit of resistance. After all, they have spent the long summer days playing Legos and running around outside in the sprinkler, and they just do not share your enthusiasm over this new year and new curriculum.
To combat this resistance I try to ease our way into a new schedule. I introduce what we will be learning this year that I think they will enjoy. I show them all the new books we will be working in and I start our first week with half days. I try to begin that first week with subjects they don’t dread and make it as fun as possible.
We have our yearly first day of school photographs and we will fill out first day interview sheets with fun questions like, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and “what is your favorite animal?” I try to make it a normal summer day with some work mixed in.
If you have a new book that you just know they will love; start there. Let them get used to having a set schedule again and having a large portion of their day taken up by academics.
You could even do something special that week like make a fun project, have a party (let the kids pick out the decorations and help set up) or even plan a field trip. Something as simple as a new set of fun crayons or a new book they have wanted to read can go a long way to starting your new homeschool year off on the right foot. You could even make it more special by wrapping up their new homeschool supplies.
Whatever you choose to do, make it something they will enjoy. Now how about you; what do you do to get the kids ready for a new homeschool year? Share your tips and tricks with me in the comments below.