This post is in partnership with Sylvan Learning. Thanks to Sylvan Learning for bringing me on as an ambassador this year.
We homeschooled two kids for two years. WHAT. That feels like something I’ll throw out there in a “2 Truths 1 Lie” game years from now. I almost can’t believe it.
Kendall and Leyna wrapped up 5th and 2nd grade this month, and we are ALL so excited, including Scott and I. While homeschooling was not always the best fit for our family dynamic (is it for anyone’s though?), we are really proud of this accomplishment.
That said, BYE!! We’re looking forward to sending them back into the school system and on their way to other people for school next year.
We may be taking some time off (possibly forever) from being their main teachers, but we will never be able to take time off from being involved in their education, and that’s why I am super pumped to be working with Sylvan Learning this year as a Sylvan Nation Leader, and to share more with you throughout the year in sponsored posts, like this one, about how we’re committed to being the X Factor in our kids’ education.
You don’t have to be your child’s primary educator to take on an active role in what they are learning. (But if you are, did you know that Sylvan Learning Centers also have Homeschool Support programs?)
I’m making five pledges for the coming school year, and the summer leading up to it, to ensure we’re not sitting on the sidelines of our kids’ education:
- I pledge to read more with them and alongside them.
We developed a lot of fun new traditions as we traveled, but, sadly, one of our nightly traditions fell to the wayside- me reading to them at night. I know that’s partly because I was working a lot during their bedtime hours, and partly because Kendall and Leyna are older and not super into the whole bedtime story thing. But I think we can make a family effort to do bedtime stories again, even if it’s having Kendall and Leyna read to the littles, and then having them read some of their favorite books aloud to Scott and me. Or even just sitting quietly next to each other while we all read our favorite chapter books at night.
- I pledge to get help if we need it.
Knowing that Sylvan Learning is always a resource for parents, I won’t hesitate to take advantage of the tips and tools for navigating school for our kids. We can take an active role in our kids’ education without taking on the weight of it when that’s not a dynamic that’s working for us. We can get help and get rewards in the process!
In hindsight, we should have taken advantage of all the tools and resources on SylvanNation.com while traveling, like the teacher resources and the elementary-focused travel writing tips.
- I pledge to get them to Sylvan over the summer.
Scott and I feel fairly confident that we kept them on grade level with the homeschooling programs we used, and they completed each core subject with fantastic grades. Still, we feel nervous sending them back into the school system. We worry maybe we missed something. We’re especially worried their writing skills need a little brushing up. So we’re going to get Kendall and Leyna into a Sylvan Learning Center over the summer for an assessment and possibly some personalized tutoring. We’ll also reference some of the rewards from Sylvan Nation like the study guides and academic tips to help us along the way.
- I pledge to get to know their new schools and teachers before the beginning of the school year.
We are going to be starting the school year in a new town and a new school district, and that experience is going to be really foreign to Kendall and Leyna. I changed schools a lot up until Jr. High, as we moved for the Navy, so I know a bit about what to expect. It’s going to be important that we get to know the school and teachers, and to do our best to get to know some kids going to that school before the first day.
- I pledge to keep communicating with my kids and their educators.
As the year goes on, it’s going to be really important that we are in constant contact with the teachers AND that we are always listening to the kids. I know work will pick up, and we’ll settle into a new routine, but I will make a conscious effort to check in often.
I’m open to any and all suggestions you might have for transitioning from homeschool back into the school system. Please share them in the comments! And I’d also love to hear what you’re pledging to do as we wrap up and head into another school year. What were your takeaways from this last year? What would you do differently? Click here to check out Sylvan Nation and stay tuned to more posts about how we’re using their resources to stay actively involved in our kids’ education and earn rewards along the way.