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A Clear Vision for a New Year

 

Do you take time to re-evaluate your homeschool plans and progress at the start of a new year?  What about your own personal goals?

As homeschool parents, we’re called upon to give so much of ourselves on a daily basis.  I think most of us would agree that we do this gladly (for the most part), yet there has to be a way to refill our own depleted resources from time to time.

One of the ways I keep my focus, both personally and in homeschooling, is to choose one word to represent the new year.  I’ve also written about three other ways to keep your focus, which includes choosing a motto or Bible verse for your homeschool. This kind of thing can serve as a reminder of why we do what we do, even when the going gets tough.  Sometimes we need to be our own cheering section! Having a clear vision of the task at hand and the road before us can help.

 

A Clear Vision for a New Year @hsbapost.com

Some of our team writers have chosen one word for the new year and we’d like to share those with you as a source of encouragement.

To Grow and Strengthen in 2015 by North Laurel at North Laurel Home & School

My Word for 2015: Purpose by Emilee at Pea of Sweetness

The Most Important Thing to Remember in 2015 by Davonne at DavonneParks.com

Hope is the Word at my blog Embracing Destiny

 

Do you choose one word, one Bible verse, or a motto for your homeschool or your own personal reflection for the year? Please share in the comments.

 

Sara (47 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Popular at The Post: 2014 in Review

 

2014 was a banner year at The Homeschool Post!  We gained new writers, a new design, and new management.  Those are some pretty big changes that came along with some growing pains, but that’s to be expected.  The team is ready for 2015 with renewed enthusiasm and big plans for things to come.

Some of our plans include:
  • new monthly themes
  • Homeschool Blog & Tell linkup on the third Friday of every month — be sure to share your posts with us!
  • enhanced email newsletter with subscriber freebies {sign up here}
  • adding even more great writers to our team (contact us if you’re interested in applying)

The Homeschool Blog Awards voting wrapped up Dec. 29th and the votes are being tabulated.  {Winners will be announced next week so stay tuned.}

Top 10 Reader Favorites in 2014 at hsbapost.com

Looking over the stats from 2014, these are the top ten posts that resonated with readers:
  1. Sex Ed for Homeschoolers, Part 1: Too Little, Too Late {You can read Part 2 here.}
  2. Build Each Other Up: Nurturing Relationships in Homeschool Families
  3. Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids are Still in the Books
  4. Homeschool Portfolio Tips for Beginners
  5. 5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog
  6. Socialization Starts at Home
  7. 10 Tips for a Frugal Homeschooling Staycation
  8. Three Things I Couldn’t Homeschool Without
  9. Schooling by the Calendar Year
  10. Mid-year Slump? How Homeschool Moms Recharge

We hope you enjoy your time here at The Homeschool Post and keep coming back for more encouragement, information, and connection with the online homeschool community!

We want to hear your ideas and questions. What would you like to see at The Homeschool Post in 2015?

 

 

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Sara (47 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschool Resolution Time – Or Is It?

 

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New Year’s Eve is “amateur night”.

After all the partying, the alcohol, and the gluttony of Thanksgiving and Christmas….who could possibly have any enthusiasm for celebrating New Year’s Eve?

Amateurs!

These are the juveniles that either can’t handle their alcohol OR who stand in Times Square all night when it’s 10 degrees WITHOUT any alcohol!

Now who wants to hang out with these people? Definitely not my wife and I. We stay in – and have for many years now. When we had a TV I would DVR the footage of the Times Square ball drop and watch it, unceremoniously, a month or so later.

But this year was going to be different.

We were in Vienna, Austria! Staying at the Ritz Carlton!

This year our hopes were up for a very different experience.

We rested up in the afternoon and walked to the public square by Saint Stephen’s Cathedral around 10pm. It was jam-packed with people. There was an opera playing on the stage, stalls selling “bier” and mulled wine, occasional fireworks igniting underfoot, etc.

But then the stage was taken over by the worst, 80s cruise ship band we ever heard around 11pm. I mean it was really bad and hard to believe that was what Vienna’s budget could afford on the grand stage for all those people. But the Austrians (laced with “bier”?) were digging it – high-fiving and hugging each other, dancing, hooting and hollering, etc.

We could only last until 11:20pm before heading back to the hotel. We tried. We really did but our hopes were dashed and old prejudices confirmed yet again.

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There’s apparently no translation to German!

My wife and I both feel the same way about New Year’s Resolutions. They represent “amateur hour” for people who don’t have any well-defined goals and ambitions. I mean, honestly, for 95% of people, if not more, they are a joke. The fact that people only stop to articulate goals once per year….and then unapologetically break them within weeks is pathetic.

Homeschooling Goals

So what does this have to do with homeschooling?

Well,….EVERYTHING!

As home educators we are striving to do the very opposite of “school”. We want to unlock the full potential of our children, in every possible way.

So we are looking for the ultimate, proven formulas for success and achievement.

Where might they be found?

Well I submit they are in the “self-help” and “personal coaching” industries. They can be found reading Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, Steve Chandler, Brendan Burchard, Tim Ferriss, et al.

These are the superstars that are so good at motivating others and generating results, that they can command millions of dollars from the most successful people on the planet.

And guess what…

Every single one of these gurus has their clients articulating and working relentlessly toward clear GOALS….365 days a year.

You know how disparagingly we, as homeschool parents, look at “school parents” who are excited when their kids read a single unassigned book or when they take their kids to 2 museums per year?

Well that’s probably on par with how the self-help gurus see the masses out there with their once-per-year, soon-to-be-broken New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s great to have fun craft ideas, quality workbooks, and great reading lists mined from the cornucopia of homeschooling resources out there…

But if they aren’t scheduled or hemmed in by a deadline….they just might never get done!

And beyond a short term checklist, if you truly want to unlock your kids’ full potential, I would encourage you to work with and toward intermediate and longer term goals.

In other words, not just “an hour of math per day” but also “6th grade Khan Academy math done by March 1st”. Not just “I want to someday publish a children’s book on Amazon” but rather “I’m going to publish my book on June 1st”. Et cetera.

Yes, I know. Goals can change. Life’s distractions abound.

But I promise you, many magical things will happen once you start incorporating goals into your life and into your homeschool on a permanent year-round basis.

 

Dan (6 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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