Winding Down the Homeschool Year
It is finally wrapping up! Summer is in sight and the end of the school year is approaching! You might be looking at your calendar with a sigh of relief. Or, you might be like many homeschoolers and are now feeling the finish line crunch. Don’t Panic! There is still time to finish strong.
Double Check Your Homeschool Requirements
Every state has different requirements for homeschoolers. It is important to take a moment and review your state’s requirements before planning how to finish up.
- Check out your state’s homeschool laws requirements.
- Ask your local homeschool support groups for help understanding state requirements. Fellow homeschoolers can be very helpful because they have been through this too.
Make a Homeschool Plan
Now that you know what you must have, you can plan how to get there. Take a look at the remaining curriculum and set homeschool goals for your target end date.
- Do not attempt to do an entire year in two weeks, that will only frustrate you and your homeschooler. Instead, set short-term goals that are realistic: complete the current lesson in math, finish reading this last book, etc.
- Remember you are homeschooling! You can be flexible to meet your homeschooler’s needs. This includes scheduling more time to learn certain concepts.
- Let your student help you create these end goals. This helps them to be invested in their education and can provide motivation to work hard to finish!
- If you get stuck or begin to feel overwhelmed start a list of what you have already accomplished for the year. Congratulate yourself and your student for making it this far! It is easy to forget what you have already achieved when looking at what is still needed to complete.
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Pick an Assessment
Assessment requirements are different for each state. Some states require testing, some portfolios, and some (if you are lucky) requires none.
- Testing- Each state that requires testing also sets different test guidelines. Again, it is important to check your homeschool laws to make sure you are meeting the requirements for that. Once you know what you must have, you can find different homeschool tests available. In most states, you can also register with your board of education for standardized testing.
- Portfolios- Your portfolio can be as detailed or as simple as you like. Some require attendance and some don’t. Some require a lot of work samples per subject and some don’t. However, homeschool portfolios evaluations shouldn’t be scary! There are many homeschool portfolio resources available to help you compile the best portfolio for you and your student.
Plan a Celebration
Congratulations on completing this homeschool year. You and your homeschooler have worked hard and deserve some fun. An end of year celebration can be a great way to close out the year. Go as big or as small as you want. Go out for ice cream or invite friends over for a sleepover. Find a fun way to celebrate the end of the homeschool year.
Wrap it Up
The year can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Take time to know your state’s requirements, see how far you have come, and plan for a strong finish. Then celebrate the accomplished. You and your homeschooler deserve it!