Homeschooling Through the Summer
I start ever year with good intentions, great anticipation, and high hopes that we’ll actually finish all the work by the end of May. And every year, we are still working on things (usually math) through June and sometimes into July. Then August comes around, and it’s time to start up again. School for us just naturally goes year-round.
But what if you’re children have finished all their lessons, taken all their tests, and are ready for the next grade? Should you keep homeschooling through the summer?
One of the great things about homeschooling is that learning never stops! Not only are your children studying the basics through the curriculum you choose, but they’re constantly learning through the experiences they have through daily living. Did the dog catch a strange beetle? Do some research to find out about it. Trying out a new recipe for supper? Have your child fix it as you supervise. Going to Wal-Mart? Give your child a calculator and have him add up the prices of all of the items you’re going to purchase. Teach him about taxes and percentages, and see how close he comes to the actual total.
If you would like to add more structured summer learning activities, you could also:
Purchase or develop your own summer unit studies. Amanda Bennett and Cindy Downes have a number of different unit studies on topics from baseball and horses to simple machines and music appreciation. You can also develop your own unit study; there are lots of free resources online and at the library.
Go on field trips with friends. After each trip you take, have your child write up a field trip report. The report should indicate where he went, what he did, and what he learned. You can also encourage him to include photos or drawings in his report.
Join a summer reading program. Many libraries and bookstores offer summer reading programs with incentives, sometimes for both kids and adults. They often provide a form to keep track of the time spent reading, but you can keep your own reading journal as well.
Summer is a time to relax, but the extra time affords so many learning opportunities as well.
Are you homeschooling through the summer?