But now you are a few weeks into your school year and . . . well . . . things aren't going the way you had planned. That perfect picture in your mind of your year is not anywhere near the real thing.
Should you pitch it all and start the process again? There are times when this is necessary, but in my experience, it is simply a matter of adjusting a few things here and there to help your day flow smoother or a matter of adjusting my own expectations of what my student should be doing.
When our daughter was in second grade, I had to scale back on my writing expectations. She was getting frustrated by the amount of writing I was assigning and it was sucking all the joy out of school time.
When our son was in first, I had to switch the order in which we did our subjects so that he could move from couch to table to bedroom. Getting a bit of exercise between the blocks of school time really helped him to be able to focus on his lessons - and we still do this with him today.
As homeschoolers, we have the flexibility to move and adjust our plans in a way that best serves our students and maximizes their potential. So, this month, don't be afraid to make a few adjustments to that "perfect" plan.
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