Winding down the school year is in progress for many homeschoolers.
It is almost spring here in Maine. It should be spring but it is still a little chilly for this time of year. But, the birds are chirping and the buds are coming out. Spring flowers have popped up and the grass is oh so green.
Many homeschoolers are planning their final days of learning (not really, learning never stops) and prepared lessons. Some may have already ended their schooling. Graduation ceremonies are happening and there is a sense of accomplishment.
Some things to look forward to… sunny days reading a book in a lawn chair outside (if the wind is right so the bugs don’t bite), swimming in the lakes or a pool, traveling for a family vacation, doing absolutely nothing, visiting friends and much, much more. For the children… riding bikes, fishing, visiting friends, swimming, camping out, eating ice cream, barbeques, etc. You get the idea.
As you have some down time reflect on how your home education plan went. Is there anything you want to keep the same? Anything you want to change? Is there a new style you want to try, or a new curriculum. Maybe you want to do all unit studies this year so that all your children can work on the same thing at different levels. There are so many options out there. Some work through the summer, more relaxed, to keep the minds working.
It has been a great year! Enjoy some time with friends and relatives and put thinking about structure and lesson plans away for a short while. It will be time to start again soon enough. This is not the time to doubt yourself, we all know that it was a long winter and when you are tired it is hard to judge the results of your hard work. Once you feel refreshed again you can start doing some light planning for next year. Think about field trips and special projects or activities you want do and don’t be afraid to ask the students what they think, you may be surprised. Keep up the good work, you will reap many happy memories of this short time in life.