Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Best Laid {summer} Plans

Things are rolling down around here....summer is drawing near (okay it's always summer-like weather here, I'm talking school!), and I'm wondering, as I do every year, what shall we do this year? Even though the teacher of this Homeschool Groove needs a break, I'm always  tempted to keep the routine, at least loosely.

Truth be told we didn't finish every single thing for this year, though we came A LOT closer than last year! SO should I try and get a little closer to that goal? Here are my thoughts:

  • Have a very short, 1 hour a day school day each day. Do different activities, games, reading time etc. Just to keep info fresh in their minds and growing.
  • Don't do anything at all. Just let them play and make messes for 6-8 weeks!
  • Go through Galloping the Globe (which has other subjects integrated into it)
  • Make learning available and very informal, take lots of field trips, spend lots of time at the beach!
I just don't know what to do yet! Maybe a little delight directed, finding out what the kids would like to catch up on, spending time building rockets and collecting treasures from tide pools, long visits to the Library with stacks of books to bring home.

I know some families that only take a very short break and homeschool the whole year, others take a huge summer and enjoy each other.

What are your thoughts? What are you doing this summer with your Homeschool???


  1. Since we're just finishing up our first year of homeschooling, I've been sort of thinking through some of these very same things. Right now, my personal plan is to continue to do Bible time--stories, memory work, etc..--and several days a week some handwriting (Jon's weakest area). Other than that, we started a big list on a piece of poster board of things we want to learn about this summer. I figured we can make trips to the library, zoo or children's museum to try to learn about things the kids are interested in maybe once or twice a week depending on what else we have going on that week. The goal being to encourage a love for learning, but take a bit of a break from the schedule and worksheets. :) We'll see how it actually plays out!

  2. visiting from the HHH...we take the summer off! we need a break, though i feel more comfortable with structure...we take the summer off because that's the best weather where we live. there are also lots of neighborhood kids to play with so it would be hard to school when they are off. enjoy your summer!