Written by contributor Amida of Journey Into Unschooling.
It happens every year. It seems like we just came back from summer vacation when, WHAM! December creeps up on us. It is the end of the year.
Where did the time go? What did we do? Did we do anything? This is when it is very helpful for those who write down yearly goals (or even semester goals) to check off what they’ve done.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I’m more of a make-it-up-as-I-go-and-hope-for-the-best kind of person, eternally optimistic that things will turn out in the end and that whatever needs to be learned will be learned in due time.
The problem is that when December comes knocking, time seems to move in warp speed. Suddenly there are birthdays to celebrate, Winter Solstice to observe, Christmas to shop for, and of course, the semester to wrap up (and another to get ready for).
Sounds stressful? Well, it shouldn’t be.
Here’s how to beat the end-of-semester blues:
Blast from the Past
Rather than focusing on what has yet to be done, recall instead some of the fun activities you’ve already had.
Did you visit an especially interesting place? Get caught up in a new exciting book? Cooked a totally rocking dish with beets?
If you’ve been hoarding away your children’s school work (and you know you have), pull out their best work and put it together, along with photos, in a scrapbook. This doesn’t have to be fancy — save that for when you aren’t pressed for time.
Stuff everything into a 3-ring binder, curl up on the sofa, and take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate another semester completed. Hot chocolate is a plus.
Here’s an idea: Ask the kids to come up with a game plan for the first day back — and follow through — even if it ends up being a day of playing games.
Many times, we get caught up in the schedules other people have set before us — get-togethers, national holidays, school events — hey, we homeschool! The beauty of that is that we get to decide when to wake up, when to start school, and what should happen in any given week.
Who says a Lego marathon isn’t educational? Think of it as a self-proclaimed holiday from the rest of the world. How would you celebrate?
You can’t beat a jar full of new sharpened pencils or a box of new crayons to get the itch to scribble or doodle.
Start your New Year with these, along with a stack of clean fresh paper–I guarantee they will be put to use.
While you’re at it, pick up another 3-ring binder and start filling it with ideas for your new semester.
How do you welcome a new semester?