If you do not write down your goals, you might not meet them. In no particular order, here are our homeschooling goals for the 2019:
- Science Olympiad – two events (first time on a middle school team); no matter what happens, we want to stimulate those neurons and new study habits
- TeenPact One Day – our fourth year
- Spelling Bee – our second year; see number 1
- Orchestra – two more concerts, lots of rehearsals still for the season
- Piano Festival – our fourth year
- Violin RSM assessments – our third year; preparation is more important than the results
- Keep up the taekwondo training, maybe go up one more level through testing
- Finish SOTW Vol. 1 – Ancient History; tackle more reading, less crafts
- National Standardized Testing – our yearly tradition and requirement
- Finish spelling curriculum with 5th grader, Logic of English Level C
- Finish spelling curriculum with 3rd grader, Logic of English Level A
- Put French and Latin firmly on the schedule; I feel bad about neglecting both
- Finish math curriculum in March with both
- Work through next year’s math curriculum in April and May
- Art classes in town – twice a month; I relax and they have fun; win-win!
- Violin lessons
- Piano lessons
- Son publishes his first book, maybe more
- Read, read, read – mostly classics for children, with some fluff in between
- More household chores to reflect and improve their maturity and skills
One last thought
There! I wrote mine down. Now you all can hold me accountable by the end of 2019. I have learned to be realistic in my goals. Finishing the math curriculum by mid-March will work. Why? Because we started this curriculum last year in April.
When we go to our umbrella school for testing, we want to feel confident. Consequently, we finish the math curriculum, then the kids feel prepared. So last year I hurried through and we finished it all before the test.
We took spring break for two weeks. Afterwards, we started on the next grade math, which began with a review of the previous material. This scenario works great for April and May, when everybody is sort of “done with school” mentally.
We also could pick and choose some chapters in random order, like “Money” or “The Clock.” So yeah, these goals are realistic.