Two weeks from today marks the end of my first year of homeschooling. In a legal sense the kids will have completed their 180 days required by the law. Truth is, I do not plan to stop for the summer. Sure they will be attending a week long camp in June and we will also be taking a weeklong vacation. But a three month break? I don’t think so. There are a couple of reasons I do not dream of taking the whole summer off from school.
- Learning is an ongoing process in child development. Children are constantly taking in their surroundings, experimenting and playing. It is the natural thing for them to do so. Unstructured play and experimenting is certainly encouraged in my home but I am also preparing for the inevitable chorus of “I am bored” that haunts this house after a certain period of time. Being prepared will ease my sanity for sure! The summer is a great time for fun hands on learning specific to your child’s interest. Stay tuned for future blog posts on curing summer boredom at home.
- It is important to keep up with skills already learned. A summer is a long time to go without reviewing math facts and reading comprehension. Therefore, I plan to have the kids spend 30 minutes to 1 hour each day reviewing these skills. This may sound like a long time but really it is not. Review does not have to take place with only a workbook. There are several fun apps, online games, and board games that reinforce practicing math facts, spelling and using reading skills.
Opportunities to learn are all around us, especially in the summertime. Whether your child is home schooled or attends school, summer is a great time to focus in on their particular interests because we are not bound to as many time constraints or other subjects that need to be covered.
Use your imagination and provide materials for their special interests and see what happens!