Renew now as this is the time of year that a lot of us get down and sometimes depressed usually due to gloomy weather. We also realize we are only halfway through the year. We have several more weeks and days to go to end this school year. Am I right? Is that what you are thinking? Obviously, those are my thoughts. So what can we do about it? Let’s change from the same ol’ same ol’.
Here are some of my plans. First, over my winter break (we schedule so that we can take December off completely), I tackled some clean out and throw out projects.
Second, I reorganized some areas in my home. These completed projects make me feel fresh and renewed. Finally, I reevaluated my help. What I did was take each child’s chore list and mine and set them side by side, so I could see which chores could be done by which child. Each child, now a little older and more responsible, could take on a little more to help out. Everyone having and doing chores makes the days go much smoother, especially on school days.
Once the house is back under control, then I attack my school plans.
This project not only includes lesson plans but fun project plans too. I’ve tried to make my school room fresh by changing it around a bit and putting up a fresh bulletin board. (Maybe you don’t have a room designated for school; but you have supplies, so you could refresh the notebook. Cover it with fabric or put some stickers on it just for a new fresh look.) I have also written a new structure plan showing how I would like for our school time to flow. It takes three weeks of dedication to see a schedule plan work. Children like a plan, but they can get bored with the same ole, same ole just as we do. They enjoy changing things around once in awhile. I have found that 2nd semester is a time to renew and make a few changes.
To renew means to make like new. So, reorganize some select areas in your home. They don’t have to be large areas just what you can handle. Then reevaluate your help. When you start back into school, take a day to freshen up the school area. Enlist the children to help. They have lots of ideas, and it makes for a great art day too.
Now we are ready so let’s begin and have a wonderful second semester!
Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”