We’re in the middle of the crazy rush that happens right before school comes to an end, and I’m sure many of you are too! At Mar Qardakh School (where I work as Head of Curriculum), the students have about a week left; faculty then has about a couple of work weeks, and then we’re all off for the summer! There’s a lot to be done between now and then, but I’m feeling like an excited school girl here!
Whether you’re kids go to school and are counting down the days until summer break, or you’re homeschooling and working on wrapping up the year altogether, these are a few things to help each of your kids fit in before calling it quits for the summer!
1. Write a reflection about the past year. What did you learn? What did you find challenging? What idea (or two or three) do you think will most influence you in the future? If you could live the past school year over again, is there anything you would have done differently?
2. Evaluation your goals from beginning of the year. What did you hope to accomplish this year? What skills did you want to strengthen? What challenges did you want to overcome? How did you grow?
3. Setting goals for the following year. What are you looking forward to next year? Identify 3 goals you want to meet next year. Put these goals away in a safe place and pull them out again when you begin the next school year.
4. Making a summer reading list. Identify both fiction and non-fiction books you plan on reading over the summer. Choose some fun reading activities. For more ideas, read 11 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Kids (fun book report alternatives included!)
5. Put together a portfolio with a variety of assignments/projects from the past year. This is a great way to see all your children have learned at a glance. It will also be fun years from now for them to look back and remember the year by seeing their work.
6. If you’re homeschooling, make sure you’ve gone on at least one field trip! Even if you’ve already had one, it would be fun to sneak another one in before the end of the year! If you’re not homeschooling, you can still go on an educational trip as a family (look for a museum or other attraction nearby that might relate to one of the subjects your child is studying).
7. Thank your child’s teacher. They’ve put a lot of work into your child’s education, and now is a great time to tell them that you really appreciate it and can see the growth! If you ARE your child’s teacher, give yourself a special treat!
Here is a printable with an end of the year reflection and personal goal sheet to help.
Is anything else (aside from remaining school work!) on your must be done before the end of the school year list?