As the days get warmer and longer, it can be tough to stay on track with your homeschool year. The kids see the sunshine and they are ready for summer. You may be ready for summer too! But, you are so close and now is not the time to give up.
Here are some tips to wrapping up the homeschool year while teaching your goals:
#1 Get Outside
You have been cooped up in the house all year, so don’t waste the beautiful spring weather sitting at the kitchen table. Pack up those books, and head outside. Have a homeschool picnic of books to read, sit under the tree for math time, or study the blooming world around you for science. Just because you have to wrap up the year doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in the house.
#2 Teach Less
By the end of the year, your kiddos should be able to do most of their work on their own. Now is the time to evaluate their progress. Did they remember the lessons you taught them throughout the year? Are they capable of doing their work without the scaffolding of someone else? Start giving your kids more independent work and teaching less.
#3 Shorten Your Days
Most states only require you to educate for 3 hours per day. So, as the days get warmer, start shortening those days. Spend time focusing on the main concepts. Instead of spending the whole day on school work, think of ways to shorten assignments and lessons, so that you can spend more time outside.
#4 Do More Science
When I do homeschool, I like to save a lot of the science stuff for the end of the year. So, we may do Social Studies the first half, and then science lessons in the second half. By the end of the year, all the kids are just ready to be done. But, we all love fun science experiments. So, teach your harder skills in the beginning, and use science as a nice way to wrap up the end of your homeschool year.
#5 Take Educational Trips
Think of ways to teach your lessons with educational trips. Visit the zoo for an animal study, head to the science museum for a little lesson on clouds, or take a trip to a small business for an economics lesson. Taking educational trips is going to help wrap up the end of the year with a bang!
#6 Let the Kids Help
Whether you are a teacher at a school or a homeschool mamma, grading is one of those things that gets pushed to the side all year. So, have a party fit for a king. Make some snacks, turn on some music, and get out those red pens. You can have the kids grade their sibling’s papers. Just make sure you are grading the tests.
Wrapping up the homeschool year, while reaching your goals isn’t impossible. What do you do to wrap up your homeschool year? Share how you persevere in the comments below!