Although parts of this school year have dragged on at an unbearable rate, summer vacation is just around the corner.
Many might be surprised that this is the time of year that teachers are swamped. End of the year assessments, writing portfolios, required curriculum that must be covered, and report cards are just some of the tasks that take over our minds.
I feel an extra responsibility gearing up to say goodbye to these young learners; most of them I have taught and supported for the last two school years.
I am a huge supporter of looping from one grade to another. I know these students’ struggles and celebrations in a way that isn’t always possible with the typical one year experience. This was a professional treat that I don’t regret for a moment!
As a mama, summer vacation is usually a welcomed relief. Stay up and look at the meteor shower time. No annoying homework time. Eat ice cream for dinner time.
Now, as a new homeschooling mama I am about to enter uncharted waters.
On some level, I want a more laid back, more relaxed environment during the summer months. A go with the flow schedule that matches our day by day preferences.
The problem is that I live with if- you-give-me-an-inch-I-will-want-a-mile guy.
Maybe you have one of those at your house too?
Because we aren’t returning to a traditional school in the fall, there isn’t that pressure from the outside world to get back to business. Back to a regular schedule. Back to a regular bedtime and regular learning.
This could be good and bad.
In my mind, I’m thinking that if we do home school a little bit all summer long, we can have an overall lighter load with room for some freedom.
I brought this up with my son at dinner tonight when he asked about the beginning of summer. His expectation was that summer meant no school work at all.
He must have forgotten that even during the summers that were sandwiched between school years, we continued our reading, math and science experiences.
It seems that I might need to up the fun factor and think of better ways to disguise my teaching.
As a parent, how concerned are you with summer learning?