Smart Way To Finish Your Homeschool Year Strong

If you are a homeschool mom, chances are this time of year you are getting the itch to finish things for this school year. It’s sunny outside which means the kiddos are not as focused as they were a month ago and let’s be honest, we homeschooling mamas are ready for a break too. Summer is so close we can smell it and after a long winter who doesn’t want to get some sunshine therapy! However, you probably have a bit more schooling that needs to be completed before you can officially wrap things up which can be grueling to do at times.

Never fear fellow homeschoolers, I have learned a few tips over my last 5 years of homeschooling on how to finish your homeschool year strong and to keep you from pooping out.

1. Do more hands on learning
Those experiments you skipped during winter when your days were packed, now is a great time to do them! Not only will it be fun for the kiddos and a great change of pace for them and you but you’ll also be reviewing previous material at the same time. What homeschooler doesn’t love that!

2. Get outside
Now that the weather is warmer take the lessons outside. Pack up the books and move the learning outdoors. Hearing the birds singing, getting some Vitamin D and lots a fresh air can be very energizing. Spread a blanket out on your lawn or at a local park. Pack some water and snacks and enjoy learning in a natural setting. (Just don’t forget the sunblock!)

3. Get moving
Play learning games that involve moving. For example, if your kids are learning addition write the numbers in chalk on a sidewalk and give them a problem and then have them jump to the correct answer. We are currently doing this with multiplication and division facts. Don’t forget to move with them. It’s a great way to get some physical activity for yourself too!

4. Take some me time for yourself
This time of year I start to feel burnt out and my child picks up on that quickly. She then starts to feel burnt out as well so over the years I have learned that the best thing that I can do as a mom and a homeschooler is to take a little time and do something I enjoy. You have to fill yourself up before you can pour into others. I take an hour and read on the deck or watch an inspirational sermon. I grab my camera and go for a ride looking for great scenery. Whatever fills your love tank, do that! It will help you to feel better so that you can finish those last few weeks strong.

5. Field Trips
Now is the perfect time to take a few field trips. Visit the zoo, the aquarium, local museums… whatever you like. It will give the kids and you a much needed break from your routine but still allow for lots of fun learning that your children will remember forever.

6. Offer the Kids Extra Motivation
This is the time of year that I like to offer a little extra motivation. Extra screen time, video game time, the promise of a lunch date at a restaurant, extra art time… whatever your child loves. Use those as incentives when it seems that your kiddos are being sluggish and watch them work!

7. Remember that you don’t have to finish everything
I taught public school for 10 years and we never finished an entire text book. Many times the material is reviewed at the start of the next school year so don’t put extra pressure on yourself to finish every single lesson. Do what you can and when it’s time for summer break, pat yourself on the back for what your homeschool did get accomplished.

8. Give Yourself Grace
It’s all OK mama. I promise. You and your children have worked hard all year and they have learned more than you probably realize. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made this year or what might not have gotten covered as much as you wanted it to. Be proud of what you did and take some time to recharge as a family.

Summer is almost here and the school year is almost over so have a little fun, get outside, get moving, get creative with your lessons, do those lost experiments and most importantly celebrate what you got accomplished this year.

All About Home Learning

When you decide to embark upon a home learning programme, it can be an exciting time! All of the potential of new knowledge headed in your direction from the comfort of your arm chair and yet as much as I would encourage the personal and professional development this will bring, there are definitely some factors that you should consider before jumping in.

Are you someone who finds it easy to motivate yourself?

If so then home learning will be a great option for you. You need to be able to tear yourself away from all of the other things you could be doing – watching TV, getting the washing done – what ever it is – in favour of doing the study you have paid to do. As much as you might be excited by this idea at first, think about doing it in say, 6 months time when perhaps your circumstances may change. Even the weather turning hotter or colder can change our habits in our free time. Will you still make time for home study then?

2) Are you a procrastinator by nature?

If you are someone who takes ages to get started with things – for example leaving things until the 11th hour or not doing them at all because you just kept putting it off, then a home learning programme might be a struggle for you. That doesn’t mean you should avoid it altogether, but perhaps you should first learn some skills to help you overcome the procrastination before you start to attempt to layer in learning. Techniques within NLP can prove to be useful to overcome procrastination.

3) Do you need people around you to feel like you are progressing?

Some people need integration with others, not just from a social angle but to measure their progress against their peers. With home learning you miss this vital element and you will need to be proactive at reaching out to others in order to fill that void. For others this kind of lone working is a blessing as they find themselves better able to concentrate and they make progress faster. If that is you, then home learning may be a very useful option for you but it will still be important to make sure you schedule time to speak to and interact with others, whether they are going through the same learning process or not. You will find that as a result of “stepping away” from your work from time to time, you give you mind an opportunity to clear itself and make room for new ideas to be created. Even people who have no knowledge of the subject you are studying may inspire you in some useful way that becomes a useful addition to the work you are undertaking.

These are just a few points that are worthy of your consideration before embarking on a home learning programme. It’s not to say that if you suffer with one or even all of the challenges above that home learning isn’t for you, it’s more the case that in having awareness of them you should find effective ways to overcome them before you begin your home learning programme.

The benefit You Should Know From a Home Learning

Do you remember going to school or college and just not being in the right frame of learning that particular day? Perhaps you found the classroom environment distracting and wished you could get your head down in peace and quite in the library instead!

If so, you might be a great candidate for home learning.

One of the best things about a home learning course is that you can work through the materials at your own pace. You can decide when, where and how you are going to do it, and if you are not in the mindset to do it today, you can schedule a time to focus on it tomorrow instead.

For those who have other commitments in life, such as another job, children or other activities you participate in, it means that you can focus on your learning at a time that fits in with you. Providing that you fulfil the expectations that are within the course, such as getting assignments completed on time, your tutors have no idea when or where the work took place. This also means that for those with limited resources such as a computer, you can use libraries or internet cafes and you limitations do not need to be an obstacle.

Home learning provides a great platform for personal and professional development too. Undertaking home learning for your own personal development means that you can increase your skills in a way that will have a positive impact upon many areas of your life. You may find that you develop new strategies for communicating or coaching others, or that you are able to bring a new mindset to old relationships. Sometimes, people enjoy their personal development so much that they weave it into their daily live and may even make a career from sharing their new skills with others. As we become more emotionally intelligent, personal development is a great area in which to learn via home learning methods.

Home learning can also provide a useful bolt on of more formal qualifications that can be used to stretch a person professionally. Some are reluctant to increase their professional skills in a home learning format, as they feel it is as if they are investing their own time into work or into a company that they do not own. They sometimes miss the important fact that the additional qualification may help them to demand a higher salary or provide them with more exciting professional challenges, either with the company that they currently work for, or with others who may employ them in the future.

Let’s be honest, committing to home learning is a huge commitment, whether it is being done for personal or professional reasons. But in both instances there are great rewards to reap. One of the best investments you can make is within yourself because you’re always going to be stuck with you! So consider how you’d like to be if you were completely happy with yourself and everything you have to offer,then begin researching the home learning course that will give you access to these skills.