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We recently asked our Product Testers about their end-of-year homeschooling challenges. They responded that the following were their main concerns:

  • time management

  • not feeling like they'd covered everything/done enough, and

  • overall organization/clutter.

In fact, a whopping 63% of the respondents were concerned they weren't where they should be/they wouldn't be getting everything done this year!
 
But then they also gave wonderful advice to homeschoolers regarding this (see below). Really—it's GREAT advice!
 
We've added a little info and advice too — and we've sprinkled in some year-end fun, as well.
 
You're about to finish another year homeschooling! Congrats!

 


Spring Break or Homeschool Burn Out? Brought to you by nextgenhomeschool.com

"This is my advice about burnout: This homeschool lifestyle is all about endurance. Its about finishing the race. So don't set arbitrary deadlines. Make learning as fun as possible all year round if you can."

To read more, click below.

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What GREAT end of school year advice do Homeschool.com Product Testers have?

Enjoy what time you have left. Make it fun.

If you're not where you think you are supposed to be, don't sweat it. Your children are where they need to be.

Relax. If you're behind, focus on finishing the 3 R's. Everything else can wait.

Don't sweat it if you are not "done", that is the beauty of homeschooling, you do not have to follow a schedule.

Remember that the school kids don't finish the book either!

Take your time and enjoy the remainder of the year with your children.

Many year-rounders replied that they didn't have an end of the school year. Others said they did, but used the summer to tie up loose ends that they didn't finish in the regular school year.

The end of the year isn't the end of learning. Learning should be happening 365 days a year.




Is this you? It's OK if it is!

March: We will see this through, by golly! Getting out of your pajamas by lunch is overrated, but at least the science experiments are done. The end is in sight now and brings with it a brief burst of stick-to-it-iveness.

April: Spring break week has a tendency to flow into a spring break couple of weeks...or month. We're just slogging along at this point. Its not pretty.

May: Panic. Every child that is 75% finished with their texts is declared good and done for the year. I remind myself that all my teacher friends say that they never finish more than 75-80% of a textbook and that is good enough for me at this point. We file away school papers and reports and I begin looking at curriculum for next year and a crazy thought goes through my mind:

Next year will be the year we finish every subject!

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Funny article I found at livingandlearningwithmyboybarians.wordpress.com!

"So many people have passed around Jen Hatmaker's hysterical article Worst End of School Year Mom Ever. It's a post that pretty much every Mom of school age children can relate to. But there's special fun if you get to be the teacher AND the Mom!"

I'd Like to Read the Article!

Ten Tips that will Keep Your Child Excited to Learn (even in May!)


Great tips from aophomeschooling.com.


I need a little motivation!

What Can a Slow Fade to the End of the School Year Look Like?


The short answer? Anything you want! And it can change from year-to-year. See what vibranthomeschooling.com is doing!


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FREE - Info on How to Create Homeschool Portfolios from Homeschool.com

What exactly is a portfolio
What goes into a portfolio
Types of portfolios
Online and book resources about homeschool portfolios
Lesson 1: My First Portfolio
Lesson 2: It's Never Too Early (or Late!) To Begin Record Keeping!
Lesson 3: Organizing a Portfolio
Lesson 4: A Personal Portfolio
Lesson 5: Creating an Assessment Portfolio
Lesson 6: What is a Rubric?
Lesson 7: Creating a Digital Portfolio
And MORE!

I'd Like This!

Free Online Assessment Tests! Brought to you by howtohomeschoolforfree.com


GREAT information from "an unschooler at heart"!


Free? Really? Thank You!

5 Steps for Preparing for the End of a School Year, Brought to You by upsidedownhomeschooling.com

"Hallelujah! The end is near! {Did I just say that?!} Yes, I did. Don't get me wrong, I love homeschooling, but near the end of the year burnout starts to set in."

To read more, click below.

www.upsidedownhomeschooling.com

How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio

From Educents!

While you're there, check out all the great things they have to offer!

I'd Like This Info!

Online Tools for Homeschool Organization

A blog post about free appps and more to help with organization.

I'd Like a Little Help with Organization

End of Year Homeschool Questionnaire Printable (Student Reflection Questions)

You might want to complete an Adult End of Year Homeschool Questionnaire too!

"Not only is it time to reflect on some of the things that went well (or didn't), but its also time to take stock of what you need to do to get ready for next year. I'll jot down supplies we need, things I need to file, sort through, reorganize and thoughts I have about the units we'll do when we start back up again and so forth."

This Sounds Interesting!

Packing up the school year!

"I've been asked before if I keep all my children's work from year to year. My answer mercy, no!"

Find out what this homeschooling mom does keep. Brought to you by ourjourneywestward.com.

I'm curious!

End-of-School-Year Activities (clean up and more)

These End-of-School-Year Activities will provide a good finish to this year and preparation for the next. Set aside time to do the necessary task of gathering, filing, and recording the year's schoolwork.

I Need to Read This!

How to Make an End of the Year Homeschool Assessment. Brought to you by mariannesunderland.com

"Quick! Before you head off to the beach, take the time to make an assessment of your homeschool year.

I know how tempting it is to close the door on the homeschool room and try to forget the previous 9 months of your life, but honestly, you're missing out on something of great value if you do. Those same issues that you just want to shut the door on, will be there next year if you don't take some time to openly and honestly assess your previous homeschool year while it is still fresh in your memory."

I Should Probably Do This!

FREE PDF Homeschooling and Loving It! Create Your Best Homeschooling Year Ever


The PDF comes in a zip file. Later chapters focus on year-end assessment and more.


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Free Homeschooling Podcasts - Excerpts from the Book Homeschooling & Loving It!

Homeschooling & Loving It! was authored by Homeschool.com's very own Rebecca Kochenderfer!

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Mommy Child Dates: My Favorite Way to Celebrate and Assess Our School Year

Brought to you by Vibrant Homeschooling!

This Sounds like a GREAT Idea!

10 End of the Homeschool Year Activities

Whether you homeschool year-round or take the summer offthis post offers some fun ideas! And fun is always good!

This Sounds Interesting!

Fun End of School Count Down Ideas

The chain link count down is certainly cute! And easy!

Great Ideas!

End of Year Awards and Homeschool Party

"Even though we will be schooling over the summer, I like the idea of having an end of year recognition, as we'll as taking a short break before starting our summer school. I hadn't really thought of when our next school year would officially begin since we are schooling year round, but Kyri seemed excited when I told her that she was officially done with Kindergarten and was now a first grader."

To read more, click below.

I Want an End of Year Party!

Five Ideas for Creating a Memorable End of Year Celebration. From thehomeschoolvillage.com

"You've worked hard. They've worked hard. And at last, the end of the school year is upon us! It's time to celebrate!!"

Click below for five ideas for creating a memorable end of year celebration.

Come On - Celebrate!

Make and Decorate a Celebratory End-of Year Cake?

Everyone likes cake! What will yours look like?

That Looks Cute!

How about some healthy treats to go along with that end-of-year cake?

They can be easy to make!

Yum!

Survey Results - How many hours a day do you homeschool?

53.13% of the respondents homeschool 3-4 hours a day during the regular school year.

53.13% responded that they homeschool year-round, but with a more relaxed summer schedule. 21.88% keep the same schedule during the summer months, and 25% take the summer off.

55.17% homeschool 1-2 hours a day during the summer months.

 


   
 

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