The holidays are in full swing and some of us like to take a break during this time. When I was homeschooling I always used this time to evaluate how things were going so far and decide whether or not we should keep going on the path we were on. These are some of the things I would ask myself:
Are my curriculum choices for this year meeting my expectations?
Does the curriculum we are using work with my child's learning style?
Is my student bored or struggling with the work?
Are my children learning the things they need to progress?
Have I scheduled too much for the year?
Should we drop non-essential courses and put more focus on core subjects?
Are my goals realistic?
Are we missing any components for the next semester's courses?
Do we need to add a supplement to fill learning gaps?
Do I need to change curriculum all together?
Once I established answers to these questions, I would plan out a course of action which often times meant researching new curriculum or supplements. Typically, we took 2-3 full weeks off during the holidays which gave me ample time to purchase new items and get things together.
Whether or not you take an extended break, it is always a good idea to take time throughout the school year to evaluate how things are going and adjust your homeschooling plans accordingly