Lessons Learned—Finishing the School Year
By Vicki Bentley
Inspiration from Scripture
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9 NASB
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3 NASB
“May the God of peace equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
Wow—can you believe the school year is coming to a close? Just as you might refer back to the map on a long journey to evaluate your progress, check your timing, hunt for rest stops, determine if you need help with directions, etc., you’ll want to pause to evaluate your family’s progress in this home education “journey.”
Consider from where you started—how far have you come? Are you still traveling in the direction you intended? Is this where you expected to be? If not, was this a deliberate shift or a missed turn? Are you happy with where you find yourself today?
As you make choices for the coming year, you might consider what worked well for you—and what you will definitely change! Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself as you evaluate your family’s journey this year:
Heading into the Home Stretch
Maybe you haven’t quite crossed the final hurdle of the year yet. The Teaching Home offers suggestions for a strong finish in their latest email newsletter, aptly entitled The Last Lap.
Get the Records in Order
While the children’s work from the year is fairly fresh in your mind—before you kick into high gear for next year—take some time to sort through the mountain of paperwork that has accumulated (where does it all come from?!) and get your recordkeeping in order.
Enjoy Summer’s Teachable Moments
Many families use the summer to get a head start for fall with some relaxed studies or exploration of new interests. After all, in a lifestyle of learning, every day has teachable moments! For ideas on how to make the most of those moments, check out Cindy Short’s and Sue Welch’s suggestions for summer activities.
And whether you are looking forward to relaxing at the beach with the sound of the surf in the background, or listening to the tree frogs chirp in time to the porch swing’s creaking, here are some ideas for making the most of read-aloud time with the whole family.
This article is adapted from the May 2009 Early Years email newsletter. The Lessons Learned family evaluation is adapted from the “Lessons Learned” chapter of Home Education 101. Used with permission.