Are you doing a year-end review this year? Or just burning your planner in a bonfire? It was a hard year for so many of us for so many reasons. But I am going to choose to look for the successes. Because even in a hard year, some things went right.

One success we had is that we released our new unit study on King Arthur and the Middle Ages. The style I write and the way we format them leads to releasing programs very slowly. I’m delighted we got one out this year.

Another success was that we rewrote the Yellow Level: American History, Indigenous People of North America curriculum to improve the language and activities.  I really want to provide education about Native American and Indigenous People that is as accurate as possible, so I am proud of our work to continue to improve our programs.

This year, I also released a few YouTube videos to our YouTube channel. Because none of us could attend homeschool conferences, I felt I had to put up some videos so I could tell you all about my programs. I also made a video about Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten.  I have given this presentation at conferences in-person before. Participating in online conferences was a new 2020 experience and I hope I can be a part of more online options in the future.

As a family, my oldest child graduated from high school this year after homeschooling all the way.  That felt like a real win!  One down, two to go. We also have been lucky to have lots of family time this year and focused on enjoying each other as much as possible.

A lot of people started homeschooling this year. If you started homeschooling this year, especially if it was because of the pandemic, I hope you can make a list of things that went right. Homeschooling in the best of times can be challenging and has good and bad days. This year, many of our co-ops, field trips and play groups didn’t happen. But I’m happy to have you all with us.

I hope you are all staying healthy and have at least a few wins for this year!

Happy New Year!

I hope you have a lovely new year and that 2021 brings you peace and happiness. Happy New Year to you and your family.

About the Author

Laura Sowdon, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, educator and creator of the Five Senses Literature Lessons homeschool curriculum. She has worked as an occupational therapist with children in public and private schools, as well as private practice. Laura has taught and managed homeschool co-ops as well as homeschooling her own three children. Laura is dedicated to the idea of educating children at a pace that aligns with brain and physical development milestones and respects neurodiversity in all its forms.

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