Homeschool Doesn't End When Summer Starts

If you are like me, you probably recently finished your school year or are almost done. I admit I’m calling it the end of the year. My children are excited to be promoted to the next grade (before they even put down their pencils after the last assignment), but we aren’t really done. Learning is such a part of our lives, that I just can’t stop teaching them. We enjoy it. I see summer as a wonderful opportunity to do more hands-on-learning such as field trips and science experiments and math games. I feel like we have more time for fun learning during our summer days because we aren’t doing as much book work. Yes, I meant to say “as much”. 

I will take two weeks completely off at the end of our school year to celebrate the completion of our school year and my children moving on to the next grade. Completing such a monumental task as an entire year of school work seems worth of a celebration to me. I believe in teaching my children to celebrate some of the simple joys in life. 

Then I will commence with a light summer schedule. I will require some school work each week from my children so that they keep progressing in their core subjects (Reading, Writing, and Math). I feel that this helps my children to gain focus for the rest of their day (we do school work in the morning), and also takes some of the pressure off for the rest of the school year to stay on schedule.

Here are some of the ways that I incorporate school into our summer on a reduced schedule: 

Reading-I want my children to read their Bibles every day all year ‘round, so reading is just a given in our house. My children also enjoy the local library’s summer reading program, which encourages them to read more books. Setting aside time for them to do this can sometimes be a challenge. 

Writing-Once a week I will continue to require that my children write something. This may be continued writing in their nature journals, or a letter to grandma or at the very least a page of handwriting. 

Math-Once a week I can do flash cards with my children, or a math game, or really anything that keeps them using their math skills. If nothing else, a page out of their math book for next year will suffice. 

Science-This past school year we have been studying Apologia’s “Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying creatures of the Fifth Day”. As we live in Minnesota and everything freezes during a good majority of the school year, there are a lot more birds and insects around here during the summer. So, we took a break from science during mid winter and are planning on doing a lot of our science during the summer. My children will have a lot more fun with this particular topic of science and learn more this way. We are also doing other things like ants in a jar and growing plants in my container garden. The summer just naturally lends itself to more science experiments on a whim.

For many of the other school subjects, I will continue to do little things throughout the summer, but not necessarily on a weekly basis, as I do with Reading, Writing, and Math. 

Field trips, of course, are another part of our summer. I love field trips, and what kid doesn’t? I do some field trips throughout the school year mostly as they relate to what we are learning. During the summer, I like to do more field trips and not necessarily in relation to what we are currently learning in our schoolwork. We already did our first field trip of the summer last week. It was to our local county history museum. We invited some friends and had a great time! 

My goal for the summer is to give me kids a break from their daily school work and allow them more time to play and learn on their own without forgetting what they have learned throughout this past school year. To achieve this goal, I am choosing to continue school during the summer but at a greatly reduced rate. 

Are you continuing your homeschool during the summer? If so, in what capacity?

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