The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings:
Although some homeschoolers do year round school, most homeschoolers are gearing up for a full or partial summer vacation in the next month. This offers homeschool parents a great opportunity to regroup and get ready for next school year. With just a few steps, you can help your family get ready for the next school year.
Here are the steps to get you in gear for next year:
Begin sorting through materials you’ve completed.
As you wrap up your school year, you need to decide what to do with all of your completed materials. If you have books or resources that you plan to use again in the future, but not for the next school year, you should find a plan to store them where you can easily find them again. In our small home, we have opted for a few under bed storage containers to store things we want to use again in the future.
If you have finished non-consumable materials that you don’t plan to use again, you need to decide whether you would like to just gift these to another family who might have need for them or if you would like to try to sell your old homeschool materials in order to use money for next year’s materials.
Attend a homeschool convention.
If you haven’t already found a homeschool convention to attend this year, it’s not too late to find one. These can help you learn about new ideas and tips from speakers, as well as a chance to view many homeschool materials in person at a vendor area. The vendor area is always a draw for me at any homeschool convention because you are able to learn so much more about the resource than just by reading about it and seeing a few samples online.
Organize your homeschool area.
Whether you are able to devote a whole room in your house to your homeschooling or you just have a closet or some boxes with materials, it is still important to make sure that your area is neat and organized. This becomes especially paramount at a time when you might be buying new materials for next year. Imagine the frustration you might feel if you order a new spelling book for little Janie, only to find that you had an extra one that you purchased for her last year when you found a good sale.
Organizing is a perfect time to take stock of what you had, make note of the materials that you were sure your family would love but that still sit untouched, and just make the whole area more user friendly.
Talk to your kids about what they would like to study.
As children get older, it becomes more important to get some feedback from them about what they would like to be studying in school. While I’m not suggesting that they get the final choice on everything, it can be nice to add in some of the things they are especially interested in. Doing this now can help you to have some time to make those additions to your school year for next year.
Read homeschool related books.
When you have some summer downtime, it can be the perfect time to finally find a moment to read a book that might help you get some new ideas to implement for next school year. Whether it’s a book to help you in the future (such as homeschooling in high school, if you have younger children) or a book that might help right now (like a new homeschooling method that you would like to try), it can be the perfect time to sit out on the porch and enjoy some restful reading time.
What are some things that you do in the summer to help you get ready for next school year?
|Angie, a domestically-challenged writer and artist, is a homeschooling mom to three children. She writes about everything that happens in their lives between all the loads of laundry at Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online, and Just a Tiny Owl.|