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A reader emailed me this question:
How do we end the school year strong? We just want to end. 😑
Oh my, can I relate! There are years I am so ready to be done it can be a real challenge to keep going.
When I wake up dreading the school day and wishing the last day of school had already come and gone, I keep in mind why we homeschool. This influences how I approach the end of our school year. Instead of trudging through and continuing the check off the boxes of the lesson plans, I can evaluate my answers to the following three questions in light of why we homeschool.
Three questions to help you end the school year strong
1. Have we completed the necessary requirements to meet our state standards?
In Oklahoma, we have to complete 180 days of instruction per year. Once we hit 180 days I usually stop keeping track of our learning, regardless of whether we finished the books or not. This doesn’t mean the learning stops. It simply means I stop keeping track and we can take a more leisurely pace.
2. Can we take a break?
If we need to keep going for a while, do we have enough flexibility in our remaining school days for the year to take a break for a week or two? Sometimes that break is enough to help us over the slump.
3. Can we lighten the load?
If we cannot take a break and we have not met our state’s requirements, there are several ways I could lighten the load to help us end the school year strong.
- If we finish the planned content for a subject, we will not start anything new for that subject.
- I might substitute games and field trips for some of the book learning. An incredible amount of learning can still take place with games and field trips, sometimes even more!
- I look at our “Back to the Basics” list to see what necessary subjects we need to keep and I let go of the rest.
Using these strategies, I am able to keep a balance of planned lessons, breaks, and variety to help us end the school year strong.
Are you having one of those years you wish were finished with school already? Hang in there! Take a deep breath and ask yourself the above questions to find a way to bring the joy back to your homeschool.