A friend of mine recently checked off the last item on her summer bucket list - hosting an outdoor movie night. Not having a summer bucket list of my own, I felt a tinge of regret. We didn’t have a lemonade stand or go to the zoo. Heck, we didn’t even learn to ride a bike! Where did our summer go? Was I depriving my kids of their childhood? Overwhelmed by my own insecurities, I paused for a moment and realized that I have the prime opportunity to give them the childhood I want them to have. Our family is blessed to have the opportunity to homeschool. Not every family’s lifestyle allows for it, which is why some create summer bucket lists. To soak up as much childhood fun as possible together when the kids are home from school.
So I pushed my regret aside and came up with a homeschool bucket list of my own. Things I’ve been meaning to do since my homeschool journey began or things my kids loved doing last year but didn’t get a chance to do again. I find that creating a list of things that can be completed in a day or less makes the list manageable. For example, instead of adding “Learning to play an instrument” to the list, I wrote “Going to a concert.” Because if I can’t check off that little box, then I won’t do it.
If you have time to sit with your students and come up with a bucket list of your own, it can be really fun. It not only gets the kids excited about the school year, but can help you gauge what’s important to them. If you don’t have time to sit and write out a list, or if you just need some inspiration, you can check out our family’s list. Happy school year!
*Take it one step further and document the bucket list activities by creating a scrapbook!
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