Toward the end of each school year, I write a long list of assignments they must complete to be finished for the year. They have the option to complete all of these in a week or so (if they work pretty hard), or take the recommended three weeks to complete it. They also, could take longer if they desire, moving their school year into the hot, perfect for swimming months of June and July. I give them this choice for them to work on their level of self-motivation. During the rest of the year, we go through most of the work together, so I know where they are and what they are reading and learning. But at this special time, they have the option to finish early and savor the first sweet hints of summer. This is not about speeding through and not digesting what they’ve read. They have to be able to narrate the story to me. Many times, I read the books too, because they are very entertaining and I always learn something.
What do you do to finish the year strong? Post a comment!