Our first week back at school in the new year was, well…let’s just say it stunk. Monday, Tuesday, and then again on Wednesday just felt like we had picked up right where we had left off before Christmas break, but forgotten all the fun stuff and just remembered the boring, stale stuff. There was no excitement, no motivation, just….blah.
Christmas break had left a lot of time to relax, enjoy the holiday, clean my house when it was over, and get my new planner ready to go. That’s all good stuff! But the thing I hadn’t done on Christmas break is really get ready for the third quarter of school because, well, Christmas break is only so long.
We called a homeschool reset.
After three days of stale, boring school, listening to everyone wonder what was next–because I hadn’t written it down in their notebooks, and being completely uninspired, I called a homeschool reset on Thursday morning. I sat everyone down, told them to get out their notebooks, and write “3rd Quarter Goals” at the top. We went through every subject of our school weeks and then a little more.
Each kid wrote down Morning Meeting, Math, Language Arts, Writing, Science, History, Art, and then because we’re fun around here–Fun Stuff. Here’s the breakdown of what we talked about for each space…
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Morning Meeting. We love starting our day out with a meeting around the table. I’ll do a post about what we do in our morning meeting at some point. We’ve started our day like this for years and it’s just a good way to convene at the beginning of the day. We discussed all the things we have done during Morning Meeting in the past and what we wanted included in it this quarter. Our final list looks like this:
- Memory Work
- New Headlines
- Idiom of the Day
- Math Problem (we love using this book)
- Vocabulary Word of the Day
- History Reading
- Science Reading
- Geography Reading
- and a short reading on Art