There are rhythms in life. Here are tips for understanding the rhythms of a homeschool year.
Understanding the Rhythms of a Homeschool Year
Every homeschool has its rhythms. Some families homeschool year round. Some take long breaks periodically during the year. Many of us share the September through June schedule.
I can remember when my kids were young, sitting with the moms at co-op and sharing what was generally going on in our homes. Most of us considered March the time to plan next year, because by then, we were tired of THIS year and wanted to dream about something that would surely be more fun! Within a few years, our March dreaming-time inched up into February as an antidote to the winter doldrums.
Do you have rhythms in your homeschool year? September for fresh starts, January for another fresh start, March for dreams, June for “hurry-up-and-finish-your-lessons”?
Sabrina was thinking about the seasons of a homeschool year. She shared her thoughts:
August: Gear up time! Get school things ready. This is a good time to do a time audit to make sure you’ve allotted and prioritized your time well.
September: Establish a basic rhythm for lessons, co-op, extracurriculars, socializing, church, service and rest. Get your teens involved in owning their schedules and academics.
October: Business as usual…Your family is mostly in the groove.
November: Flexibility month. The holidays are coming, some projects and lessons are behind, some new opportunities have arisen that are too good to pass up. Time to adapt!
December: Routine is off! All the special December things swallow the calendar. Guess what? That’s what December is about. Have fun with it! Keep up the academics but be creative with them. Keep your teens in the loop: talk to them, get them involved in owning their work and schedules through the changes.
January: Recalibrating time! Make a schedule for catch-up without panic. Toss the curriculum that doesn’t work. Celebrate the completion of semester courses.
February: Doldrums…Snowy, cold days for many of us. Good time to warm up your heart by starting to dream about fun for next year and the future. What would you like to create? Who would you like to spend time with? Do some brainstorming but don’t get an ulcer over-planning (yet).
March: Schedule backwards time. Figure out what you need to have accomplished by the end of the school year and plan backwards so you can get everything done. Click here for Sabrina’s PDF about how-to schedule backwards.
April: *Get-‘er-done* month! Time for a bit of push so you can keep up with that schedule-backwards plan!
May: Wrap it up month! Do you need to make any quick, last-minute adjustments? (Switch out an overly ambitious novel for a more accessible one?)
June: Celebration! It was a good year. Not a perfect year- just good and that’s what you want.
July: Look forward time. What do we need to accomplish through the summer? Start getting it done! Are you ordering curriculum? Here’s a PDF to help:
Be encouraged by Sabrina’s Facebook Live chat about Rhythms of a Homeschool Year:
There’s not ONE right rhythm to a school year. What does your homeschool’s rhythm look like?