Well, summer is over or just about over now depending on your location. Was it a good one for you and the children? I sure hope so.
Despite my best attempts, I was unable to take them swimming as much as I and certainly they wanted. Nor were we able to get to an amusement park or visit our good friends in Alabama.
But, one of the great benefits of homeschooling is that we can still do some of those things later in the year.
However, we did spend seventeen days in SC with my parents and extended family, which was fantastic!
Of course, being the educator that I am, it quickly became an educational experience as well as a really fun vacation.
I took a hardcover book I picked up about family treasures and started to capture the memories from different relatives about our ancestors. Then, we can continue our genealogical studies when we return home.
So, now we turn our focus to getting back to homeschool and keeping their interests alive.
I will involve our children as much as possible in the planning stage for the year and solicit suggestions from them of new things to do and others to be discontinued.
If you are like most of us, you took time off from your regular homeschool curriculum and routines for the summer.
Getting Back on Track
Now, it’s time to get the children and yourself ready to return to homeschool. Just how do you do that?
My suggestion is to start back slowly and not set yourself and your children up for failure by attempting to do too much too soon.
Even if you intend to cover numerous subjects choose a few and begin with those first. Then, add another to the schedule over the next few days or weeks.
Also, consider having a great “send-off” or bash at the start of the new session.
We have a fun day of assigning new books and supplies and setting up our space at the start of our new season. And, sometimes we even conclude with root beer floats at home or a run to Sonic during their half-price hours!
As you start homeschooling you will quickly acquire lots of homeschool curriculum and resources. It really helps to keep everything in a designated place for easy access for you and the children.
In our home, we have discovered that separate zones tend to work best for us. All of my teacher’s editions, answer keys, and homeschooling helps books are kept in a separate area.
I keep puzzles, Bingo games, Tangrams, Math-U-See blocks, Legos, and other games on a low bookcase that our children can easily reach. Each activity is kept in a clear, plastic tub that is labeled or has a photo of what is inside.
But, my favorite area and the one that requires the most of my attention is my homeschool materials cabinet shown here.
I have all our wire notebooks, composition books, glue sticks, pens, pencils, erasers, paint, and other supplies in this cabinet.
The children have access to everything kept here and also required to help keep this area neat and tidy whenever it needs it.