Finishing Your School Year
It’s that time of year for homeschoolers. We long to be done with school just as much as our kids. The sun is shining, the weather is warmer (finally) and we are yearning for a completely different, more relaxed schedule.
So how do you close out your school year? When your last day of school arrives, is your primary motive to get all the books and records out of sight? Enough, already - let’s relax and have fun?
Here are some of my thoughts and suggestions for finishing your school year:
A Year in Review – Grab a cup of tea or coffee, find a cozy spot to sit, and review your homeschool year. While John and I often did this verbally together, looking back I wish I had been more purposeful in writing things down. I am amazed at how much I have forgotten.
Do this in a way that fits your style. Some women may scrapbook the year, complete with pictures of events, etc., some may journal, some may just make notes here and there. However you choose, just do it. You will enjoy reading the reviews in later years.
This is also helpful if you are one of those “last minute” individuals who prefer to take a little break before planning for the next school year. When planning time comes around, you can refer back to your Year in Review to remind yourself what you need to consider, plan and purchase for the next year.
Ideally, this would be really beneficial if you could do it for each child, but if that is too overwhelming, just put everyone in the same review.
Get your kids involved - if they are old enough, why not let them write down things they remember from the year. You might have to help them. Maybe letting them make a PowerPoint of the year would be something they enjoy, and you may be surprised at what they remember as fun or challenging. Plan a “movie night” and watch them together. You may still want to make your own notes of what worked and what didn’t – the PowerPoint would only be a fun project for your kids.
Review your calendar – this is one thing that I did do very purposefully once my kids entered the high school years. At the end of each year, I sat down with my calendar and made notes of the different church, civic, political, etc. events they had participated in. I found this very helpful when it came time to work on transcripts. It was also fun for the kids to review; they were often surprised at how much they had done.
Pat yourself on the back – give yourself credit for what you have done. Whether your year was a good one, or one you’d rather just put it behind you, you made it through. Reviewing your year will also help you see that despite whatever circumstances, your kids made progress.
Give thanks – spend some time in prayer and thank God for His faithfulness and the work He did in your family throughout the year. Thank Him for the growth, both physically and spiritually, you’ve seen in your kids. Thank Him for what you and your husband have learned through your homeschooling journey this year.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer!
MÂCHÉ Board Member