Plans for Next School Year?

May is generally a time when homeschoolers start making plans for their next school year. It’s a good time to evaluate how the current school year has gone, and make changes if necessary. Often times, after spending a year with a particular curriculum or program, you have a different perspective on how you want to do things next time. What seemed like a fabulous plan back in August is now not so great.

This is also the time of year where homeschoolers decide if they want to continue on with homeschooling, or if they think the best thing for their children is to put them in/back in school. Some families only homeschool one year; maybe to get through a difficult year or situation. Some families who have been homeschooling for several years find themselves weighing the pros and cons of homeschooling, wondering if home education is still the best option for their family.

How has your school year gone? Are you continuing on in the same manner next year, or are there changes you are making?

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve always wondered why and how “spring cleaning” came about. I wish it meant that we only had to clean our houses once a year, lol. I guess as the weather starts to warm up, people feel more energized and are willing to thin out stuff that has accumulated throughout the winter?

It’s that time around here. We may have a couple of really deep cleaning periods during the year, but spring is when we really push up our sleeves and dig in. We go through clothes and shoes, books and toys, curricula and materials; you name it, we clean it out and give it away.

Yes, I said give it away.

I hate yard sales. I love to shop them; I just don’t care anything about hosting one. I will generally try to find people who are looking for what I am getting rid of, and I will just hand it over. If I have things left over that no one has claimed I will take it to Goodwill, The Salvation Army or a local Mission Thrift Store.

What about you? What do you do with stuff you are “thinning out?”

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