It’s that Time of Year – End of the Homeschool Year

Who is ready to give up on their homeschool year?

We’re so close to finishing up much of our curriculum, yet the end feels so far away.

And let’s face it – everyone is ready for summer!

But you’ve made it! It is nearly the end of the regular school year.

If you’re not a true year-round homeschooler, then you should be nearing the end of the school year.

While we homeschool year round, we only do homeschool “lite” in the summer. So, we do wrap up our main school stuff sometime around April or May – or really whenever we are done. We have a definite end to our regular school year.

It’s May and we are so close to the end that I can almost taste it. But can someone please explain to me why I have no more motivation to finish and why I just want to quit?

When we are this close to the finish line, why is it that I have to fight the urge to give up?

Do you ever feel that way? There’s just a few lessons left, but you don’t want to do them anymore.

That’s how I feel every year. I wonder if I should just skip those last five lessons and call it done. But then the guilt sets in and I feel terrible for not truly completing all of our work.

So I press onward!

I’ve learned that I go through this same phenomenon every school year. Sometime in April I start to run out of steam and then when I hit May I’m just so. very. over. it. I can think of only one thing – the last page of every school book and how quickly we can get there. I find myself doubling up on lessons and rushing through some things just so I can hit that finish line.

I admit – it’s probably not the best way to learn when the books are shoved in your face and you’re told to hurry along as you complete two lessons per day.

But I just want to be done!

 

Do you know what I do to help me out once we hit April and May? I have a little scheduling secret that gets me through the last few months of homeschooling.

I schedule my school where we sometimes finish some subjects sooner than others.
For example, we finished our grammar in March and are only doing some grammar review right now. Math is wrapping up for the year and so is science. I think history will be next and then writing. I hope we’ll find the end of Bible eventually….

I make sure that some subjects end in April so that we have less work to do in May. When I know that our days are shorter, I am more motivated to finish the subjects that we have left.

This is my little tactic that helps me keep going. When I know that I’ve already found the end of a couple of our subjects, it gives me just enough motivation to make it to the finish line with the rest of them.

Other than that, I just try to push through and finish our year.

And yes, we do finish our curriculum for the school year. (Unless of course I’ve deemed a curriculum not to be a fit at our house. At that point, I usually abandon ship and find something else). But by this time in the year we are well on our way to finishing the curriculum that has made the cut in our homeschool.

I start off with high expectations and plenty of excitement in August, but by May I am crawling toward the end of our lesson plans.

It’s the time of the year when I have only one thought on my mind – FINISH OR DIE!

We’ll make it but it might not be a photo finish.

Further Reading

Do we finish our homeschool curriculum?

Can you restart your homeschool curriculum?

Curriculum simplified

What to do when you make a curriculum mistake

Quitting your curriculum

Linked up with Hip Homeschool Moms

6 thoughts on “It’s that Time of Year – End of the Homeschool Year

  1. I hear you! As much as I want to keep going through the summer (about half time), I feel like the only way to start fresh in the Fall is to have a break in between. And, we need a break!

  2. Oh, I am definitely there.
    I just want to get through a couple more lessons in our math book — I wasn’t planning on finishing it this year because we started half way through the level before this one. We stopped doing spelling 2 months ago and I don’t even feel guilty about it. Mama (and the kids) just need a break.

    1. It has been so exciting to come to the end of a few of our subjects. It has helped us stay motivated to finish the others. It’s so freeing to be almost done!!

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