Spring cleaning your lesson plans for homeschool sounds like a crazy notion. Who spring cleans their lesson plans? Why would you do that? Believe it or not, spring cleaning those lesson plans will make the end of your homeschool year as well as convention season run so much smoother.
Here at the Rogers Academy, I take an afternoon in the middle of March usually to look at my lesson plans. Just like in January, I’m looking for specific items.
- What has been working so well that we will continue to use?
- What are we so behind on that I need to pick an end point lesson because there is no way we will finish?
- What just needs to stop at this point because it isn’t working?
Those are all important questions that need answering while looking at the lesson plans in addition to the calendar. There is only so much time left in the school year. Prioritize what needs to be finished like math, reading, and English but take out some items that are either not working or will not be completed. It’s perfectly acceptable to acknowledge that it is not working for your family.
This also helps you see the big picture as to what needs to be completed or revamped for next year.
One of the things I do when spring cleaning my homeschool is to look ahead to what I need to purchase. People start to unload curriculum at this time of year so it’s a great time to get deals on items. It also allows me to unload the items we are no longer using to make money to purchase needed items. I make a list of things I need to look for when attending conventions as well as reminders of what didn’t work due to learning styles.
Spring cleaning your homeschool helps you get rejuvenated to see the end. It gives you energy to push through to finish the essentials. It also helps you to make wise decisions about the future. It is an essential part of my homeschool planning.