The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to evaluate your homeschool lifestyle and habits, celebrate the past year’s successes, and resolve to improve on your shortcomings. One of the most important parts of making resolutions and setting goals is to honestly evaluate your and your family’s needs and make a realistic and sincere attempt to meet them. It’s very easy to commit to a complete lifestyle overhaul and then burn out before the end of January even comes around. Use these tips for setting–and meeting!–goals for yourself and for your family, and explore these resources and activities for keeping some of the most common resolutions made.

Homeschooling Resolutions

The Homeschool Mom shares her comically idealistic list of homeschool resolutions–chuckle over these before focusing on some more realistic ideas.

Accountability is a great tool to use as you work towards your goals. These fun and practical family resolutions provide ready-made accountability partners–each other!

These 5 Homeschooling Resolutions for 2018 from Homeschool Giveaways can apply to families of all sizes, with kids of all ages.

Sometimes the momentum of the new year doesn’t have quite enough impetus to get us out of the holiday break mode. Heather Bowen from Life of a Homeschool Mom has some great tips for restarting homeschooling after the holidays.  

Setting–and Meeting!–Goals for the Whole Family

This article from Psych Central offers ideas for ten ways to keep your new year’s resolutions.

Disorganization is the enemy of meeting goals. It’s hard to keep track of progress and stay motivated when you can’t keep track of your day.

The Unoriginal Mom provides essential tips for creating an organizational system that works for your family without overwhelming it.

This cute command center idea from Creating Mary’s Home is designed for kids and can be tailored to fit any age range.

These tips from The Homeschool Mom offer ideas for organizing schoolwork, household tasks, meals, and even holidays and vacations.

Planning and organizing are vital skills for even young children to learn. Use these simple and engaging activities from Learning Works for Kids to help develop your kids planning skills.

This blog post from How Wee Learn talks about setting goals throughout the year versus making overwhelming new year’s resolutions and how to teach kids to set and achieve goals.

Resources for Your Resolutions

Some of the most common new year’s resolutions for 2018 include eating more healthily, exercising more, saving money, reading more, and exploring a new hobby. If any of these goals sound familiar to you, read on for some great resources and ideas to incorporate into your plans.

Pocket Change Gourmet meal planning printables are a great way to explore new budget- and kid-friendly recipes. The archives include over three years of free monthly menu plans with recipes and shopping lists to peruse.  

These 11 creative ways to teach kids about healthy eating from The Daily Meal include fun grocery shopping activities for kids, creative food presentation ideas, and even gardening tips.

The need for more exercise is one of the most universal acknowledgements made by those who make new year’s resolutions, but it’s easy to backslide, especially when hectic days start to take over. A fun way to help keep momentum is to work toward a specific event, like a 5K run or walk. Active.com features training tips as well as a search function to find a variety of running and walking events near you.

If hiking is more your pace, AllTrails is a great resource for finding trails to suit you and your family. Its search feature allows you to filter by length, difficulty, location, and more. (Note than an email address is required to register for a free account to access the app’s features.)

Homeschool Giveaways features a variety of free printables, lesson plans, and even online lessons to help add some affordable variety to your homeschool.

These nine ways to teach your kids about money from Dave Ramsey include ideas for students in kindergarten through high school.

This budgeting game from Design Mom requires a bit of a time investment on the part of the parent to set up, but can be a engaging way for teens to learn lifelong lessons about money management. It is easily customizable to reflect your teen’s interests, age, and evolving priorities.

These interactive budgeting activities are a fun way for kids to get involved in family finances and can provide great motivation for you as you model financial responsibility.

Book Adventure is a free reading program to help motivate less enthusiastic readers. Use the book finder feature to help your child find a new book to read by selecting reading level and topics of interest, or take advantage of the quiz feature that allows students to earn points toward customizable prizes for each book they read. (As always, we recommend that parents monitor their child’s internet use and evaluate book suggestions to ensure they are appropriate for the child.)

Browse a wide variety of categories for book suggestions from Simply Charlotte Mason.

In many families, especially families with several children, there doesn’t seem to be extra time that needs to be filled up with a hobby. However, this exhaustive list of hobby ideas from Hobby Lark is fun to explore and can help channel and focus some energy and even spark an interest in something new. Categories such as hobbies for science and history buffs, crafters, families, helping others, music, adventure seekers, and mind sharpening offer a plethora of ideas for everyone.

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Homeschool notebook goals and planning
Homeschool notebook goals and planning