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Wrap up Your Year and Write New Year Goals

I love the feeling of a fresh start.

The sun comes up and a new day begins.  Yesterday is washed away and a clean slate awaits.

There are times that I deeply appreciate the feeling of a new school week. I am ready for five new school days to plan adventures and improve upon the week before.

When I tear a month from our wall calendar and see the fresh one before me, I feel a sense of accomplishment and anticipation.  What do I want this month to look like?  How do I want it to feel?

Finally, there exists the mother all fresh starts: New Years Day. One year comes to an end and the next 356 days are waiting to be lived!

Click for your free PDF to wrap up the year with your kids and look ahead with plans for a new one!

Reflecting on Last Year

The end of December is a time to reflect and re-evaluate the events of the previous twelve months. As I look ahead to the next twelve, it is a time of wonder, planning, and dreaming.  Everything feels like it gets a fresh start.

I love to take my children with me on their own journeys of reflecting and dreaming. To help them evaluate and plan, I print out a single page, “A Year in Review”, for them to complete.

Click for your free download for New Years: A Year in Review

It begins with a snapshot of who they are right now as they record a few of their favorite things.

Then we look back. We sit around the table together, sharing memories of the previous year. I love to hear what they remember.

Remember when the boys got stuck in the bathroom at the Grand Canyon?  Yeah. And after mom rescued them she told the next boy in line, “Try not to get stuck!”

I loved tubing at Zion.  And climbing Double Butt Cheek Arch.  (laughter erupts)  NOTE:  That would be Double Arch.

Did we go to Sliding Rock this year or last year?

These conversations about our previous year do my heart good. Sometimes I can be hard on myself, but as I listen to my kids laughter and discussion, they remind me of the many good memories that they will take with them.

Writing New Years Goals

In addition to reflecting on the prior year, we set goals and declare our dreams for the year to come. It helps me to know what they would like to do with their time. After all, they are still young enough to rely on me to make most of it happen.

I store our goals in a file folder and I try to remember to bring it out mid-year. I don’t always remember, but it is there to revisit anytime. In fact, it is always fun for us to read our goals from the previous years.

Want to try something similar with your kids?  “A Year in Review” is free for subscribers to Not Before 7.  Join our community and receive post updates as well as freebies throughout the year to help you connect with your kids!

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Brave Writer, Homeschooling

BraveWriter strikes again!

I have continued to enjoy Julie Bogart’s thoughts in A Gracious Space, spring edition. The final entries were just as thought provoking and encouraging to my soul as the few I have blogged about in previous posts.

The last entry left me with a few words that I will continue to ponder:

Surprise
Chance
Mystery
Secret
Discover

How might I get a dose of one of these in my homeschool each day, or at least each week?

I love being left with a challenge to ponder.

Julie’s examples, such as invisible ink used for a copywork passage and cake for breakfast, are helpful as I get the mental ball rolling!

How might you incorporate surprise, chance, mystery, secret, and discovery into your homeschool environment? I’d love some more suggestions!

And if you have enjoyed these reflections from the Spring Edition, you might consider purchasing the books below. The Fall edition would be perfect during your homeschool kickoff!