End of the school year tips

9:00 AM

As this school year comes to an end, I wanted to share some of my personal tips of how to prepare for the summer and the upcoming school year. 

I, for one, like to keep my children active throughout the summer. They get plenty of relax time but I want to encourage them to continue some form of their schooling. Mainly we focus on summer reading. I make them a reading chart with some book recommendations from Education.com and give them the opportunity to choose which books to read as well as how many. It keeps their brains active and gives them something to do on those days where they complain they are bored.

I also deconstruct our classroom and begin an inventory of what I'll need for the upcoming year. I usually make my first official school shopping trip about 2 to 3 weeks after school ends. Since it takes me most of the summer to get all the work and activities prepped, I start as early as possible. My first trip is to our local book store (McKays) which is a resale shop of used books and has aisles of homeschooling materials. Most of these books are fairly new and in great condition. You can not beat the prices either!

In between my schoolwork prep, I do different arts and crafts activities with the kids and their friends. We plan out at least every other week social events whether it's a trip to the park or to see a movie, something to get us all out and active. Pinterest is always a great place to get ideas for things to do throughout the summer.

Overall my main advice would be to make a schedule. Plan out your work items but make sure you leave room to enjoy your summer as well. I know that for me, I sometimes forget that even I need some time to just not work and put my feet up. So setting some goals and limits inside a schedule can be extremely beneficial to making sure that you can be productive but still have fun.

As always any questions, comments, or requests are greatly appreciated! Talk to you soon!

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