We are officially done with school for the year! I look forward to Summer vacation each year, but it wasn’t always like that. There was a day when I started a new school year, still burnt out from the year before. Then, I realized what the problem was. I was doing what a homeschool mom should NOT do on summer vacation.
PLANNING for the next school year!
Why should homeschool moms NOT plan all summer? Because we need time to recoup. We need time to refresh and we need time to be a mom, not a teacher. At least I do. And, if I had to guess, you may too.
There are many things we could be doing instead.
- Catching up on things we enjoy doing
- Enjoying our children
Now, give me a minute here to explain. As homeschool moms, we are responsible for the education of our children, and this requires planning and prepping. However, it shouldn’t take all summer.
So, if you have a routine down for planning, and start each school year refreshed and ready for a new year, great! Keep your planning routine, and do what you have been doing!
However, if you feel like summer is short, and you start the new year less than energized, I have a few suggestions for you:
Step 1: Pick a start date for school– When do you plan on starting back to school? In 6 weeks? 12? Mark the date on your calendar.
Step 2: Take Summer Vacation-Make a point to take a summer vacation. Put up the books, the planners, and the to-do list. Do this for at least half of your planned summer break. During this time do something for yourself. Create a bucket list with your kids, do something you may have wanted to do together, but haven’t had time for. NAP. Read. Enjoy the summer season.
Step 3: Decide When You Will Plan-After you have spent some time enjoying your summer vacation decide when you WILL plan for the upcoming year. For me, this is 2 weeks before school starts. We always start back on the third Monday in August, so I know the first of August ENDS my summer vacation. I spend the 2 weeks before hand planning for our upcoming year. I hang new posters, put out new curriculum, clean up the playroom, make copies, create portfolios, and do anything else that needs to be done for the upcoming year. Those 2 weeks are fairly busy and hectic, but I start this planning season refreshed and relaxed. The kids get excited about the upcoming year, and we start to anticipate breaking into the new books.
I believe that homeschool moms need time to relax and regroup. For me, this does NOT include spending the summer planning.
What do you think a homeschool mom should NOT do on summer vacation?