There’s nothing worse than that sick feeling you get when summer flies by and you have nothing to show for it. It’s almost time to start school again, and you’ve done nothing you thought you would.
Don’t just let it happen. If you want to feel rested and ready for school again at the end of your summer, plan your summer break now.
If you homeschool, I know what you think about when you hear “summer break.”
You just hear the word “break!”
Of course you do.
And you need a break! Homeschooling takes everything you have. And then some. But you know how you feel when summer is suddenly over, it’s time to start school, and you’re not ready?
I’ll tell you. You feel lousy.
You start to panic. You’re not confident… and it shows. You start school anyway, and your kids give you a hard time.
When you’re not confident, kids can be like sharks who smell blood in the water.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take a break and still get the right things done so starting back to school isn’t so hard. If you plan your summer break, you’ll have time to relax, but you also will have time to:
- take care of your health
- give your kids a refresher in obedience
- get a little more organized
- put systems in place to eliminate summer learning loss in your kids
Plan your summer break!
Planning these things into your summer break will make your step lighter. You’ll feel good about not wasting three months on… what, exactly?
And it’ll help you start school feeling more confident, organized and…prepared.
Are you ready to get started?
Following is a short round-up of posts with tips about summer planning — and make sure you don’t miss the ones about summer learning loss, broken down by elementary, middle school, and high school.
So sip your favorite summer beverage while taking a few minutes for yourself to read. Let yourself get a little jazzed about planning your summer.
When school time rolls around again, you’ll be happy you did. You’ll be relaxed, ready and excited about starting back.
Plan to use some of the summer break to take care of yourself.
But why does the airline tell you to put your kid’s mask on after you put yours on?
Because you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of other people.
Plan to give your kids an obedience-refresher over the summer break
Did a lack of obedience slow your homeschooling down last year? Or make you a little crazy?
How about a refresher in basic habit training. This post covers the basic how-tos as well as providing a list of habits you can cultivate that will make school go better next year.
And all the years to follow, for that matter.
So now that you have a few new healthy habits in place and you’re brushing up on habit training with your kids, it’s time to get organized!
Plan your summer break with time for getting organized.
Here’s an easy way to consider why you didn’t get as much done as you wanted. You can follow the semester assessment outlined in this post to help you figure out what’s getting in your way.
You can do the whole thing, or just start at the 2nd half, beginning with “Step 3 – If you are behind….”
Plan to get your tangible and virtual spaces more organized.
Got a rising 9th grader? Time to make a big-picture plan for high school
If you have a rising 9th grader and don’t yet have a big-picture plan for high school, now’s the time. Don’t just plan year by year, and then suddenly realize in 11th grade that you don’t have time to get all the required high school courses in!
Believe me, when the unexpected happens, you’ll be glad you have a plan to follow. Read the post below to see what unexpected thing happened to me during those years. If I hadn’t had a plan…
This post will teach you how to easily make a big-picture plan for high school. It’ll just take an hour or two (to make the plan, not read the post ?). Sure, you’ll tweak it along the way. And fill in some details.
But you’ll have all your high school requirements mapped out so you don’t miss anything. And you’ll have a roadmap to follow.
Having a plan will make you feel oh, so much better about homeschooling high school. Aren’t you more relaxed just thinking about it?
The previous blog post mentioned how important it is to keep your kids thinking during the summer. And the consequences of not doing it!
For how to do that, read the next three posts about summer learning loss.
Plan your summer break with time for keeping your kid’s academic skills alive.
There are some shocking facts about how much academic prowess can be lost during the summer… and about how that loss can be cumulative, especially during a few critical years. (See the middle school and high school posts, to find out which years those are!)
Research shows that there are substantial losses in math, but also in writing and reading skills over the summer, unless your kids engage in some type of academics.
Just a little planning in this area might make your next semester look A LOT different than it would without it, especially during those most critical summers.
Plan your summer break to eliminate summer learning loss
For Elementary school
For Middle School
For High School
Well, are you inspired to do some planning?
If you’re overwhelmed as it is, start somewhere.
Just start with one thing you can do each week in one or more areas. After all, if you’ve been a mother a few years you know that kids do better with some kind of structure.
So, where are you going to start with your summer planning? Tell me in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!