But my own work isn't quite completed. You'll see below what I have left. And if this was your first year of homeschooling, here are five things to be sure and do as your homeschool year comes to an end.
1. Reorganize Your Materials
2. Sell Your Gently Used Curricula
- Facebook has several homeschool groups for selling tools and products
- Amazon is a great way to sell books and manipulatives
- Ebay is a gold mine for finding curricula and even themed materials. (It's great when you can go on there and find a complete set of materials that some other awesome parent has collected, used, and is now selling for studying castles/pirates/space/American Revolution/WHATEVER!)
A few things to consider before selling your goods:
- Get a notepad and a pen or pencil, then sit down with all your possible sales products.
- Carefully look through (work)books for forgotten slips of paper, art drawings, etc., and make a note if there are any tears, missing pages, writing on the inside, and so on.
- Research online to get an idea of what similar products are selling for so you'll know how to price yours
- Choose a sales venue and upload your products and be sure to disclose any defects to the product (this is where your notes come in handy)
- Be sure to take clear, up-close pictures of the materials, including pictures of any writing or tears
3. Stock Up for the Summer...and Next Year!
But you should also be thinking about this summer. Don't let your kids waste it sitting on the couch for three months watching TV or playing apps. While there is time for this, make sure they're using their noggins, too. This requires a little bit of planning on your part, so go ahead and stock up now on arts and crafts supplies or activity kits!
4. Make a Yearbook
Um. Need I say more? The end of the school year is a big deal. Make sure you celebrate with a party, or take your children somewhere special to mark the last day of school (the zoo, a museum, fancy dinner, the arcade - whatever!)
Stay tuned for fun ways to keep kids learning over the summer without overwhelming them!
photo courtesy of blackboard1965