Evaluating the Past Year and Planning Ahead
We have high expectations for each homeschool year, and we might feel let-down if we don't accomplish everything we had planned. But don't fret about things not accomplished! Just make note of them and work them into next year's plans, or try slipping some of them in during the summer.
If you didn't get around to the study of the solar system, for instance, don't worry. During the summer, visit the library and choose illustrated, informative books on the solar system. Read them together on lazy summer afternoons.
If possible, visit a planetarium. Or rent a video from your library on the sun and solar system. Pop some popcorn and sit down with your children to watch and discuss the video on a rainy afternoon.
Get the family involved in making a mobile of the sun and the planets. Your children can invite their friends over to take part in the fun, too!
Planning for Next Year
By reviewing our past homeschool year and accomplishments in May (as our homeschool year drew to a close), I could begin planning for future topics of study. And we have the entire summer to do our planning! As a result, I'm under no last-minute pressure as August and September creeps upon us.
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