Summer is officially on the horizon! Which means, whether you follow the traditional school year or not, dreams of vacation, lazy pool days, and lemonade have started to enter your head, and, chances are, you’re having to spend a bit more effort each day to keep the focus on school.
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Take a deep breath, and follow these tips for ending the homeschooling year on a high note.
Take it slow.
Resist the urge to speed things up, even if others around you seem to be working overtime to get to summer faster. Even homeschoolers can get a little end-of-the-school-year-itis. Build in some cool, fun activities to balance things out and allow the summer season to unfold when it is ready.
If your homeschooling workload is holding up the start of summer fun for your family, maybe it’s time to revisit your plan and make adjustments, so that summer doesn’t have to wait until everything is done. You might stretch lessons out over more days to make more time for play, or see if any nonessentials can be cut. The flexibility of home learning can’t be beat!
Reflect on what went well this past year and what you’d like to do differently going forward.
How did each person in your family grow this year? What sorts of things were accomplished? What is each person most proud of? What felt like it could have gone better? Take notes so you can remember and incorporate that feedback when planning for next year.
Tidy up your homeschool supplies.
Leave them neat and organized so you won’t have to go looking for them in the fall. Retire any supplies that have reached the end of their useful life, and make a list of what needs to be replenished. But don’t pack everything away completely — you never know when your child might suddenly have a creative need for something in that stash!
Stay on top of requirements.
If your state or district requires an end-of-year assessment, test, or portfolio, plan ahead so you will meet the deadline. Don’t leave it to the last minute. If things are jumbled and hard to sort through, now is a great time to make a plan for staying organized next year.
Consider making a portfolio with a few representative pieces and/or photos of your student’s work, even if your state or district doesn’t require it. Store portfolios together in a waterproof container so you can enjoy looking back on them in future years.
What would you and your family most like to explore together in the coming years? Brainstorm all of the things that come to mind. You may not be able to do all of them, but it’s fun to think about possibilities.
Write your future self a letter.
When autumn comes, you might find that your school-year memories have been overwritten with thoughts of summer fun. Have everyone person in the family write or dictate a friendly letter to themselves to open at the start of the next school year. Say something in your letter about what you want most to remember about the past year, along with your dreams for the coming year. You might forget the details over the summer, but those letters will remind you!
A year of homeschooling is a milestone for both you and your student. Share in this accomplishment together, and take some time for a little fun. You deserve it!
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