It may not officially be summer yet, but we’ve already declared summer break! We’ve completed our 180 days so now it’s time to get ready for next year. Actually that’s not 100% true. While I’m in the earliest stages of planning for next year, I’m also working on our summer school plans. Yes, homeschoolers usually do some school here and there throughout the summer to keep our minds active and fresh for the fall.
We’ll be doing a week long thematic unit on soil and composting in June and we’re continuing to do a few academics this month before we begin any screen time for the day.
1. Moses and Exodus Study. Because we didn’t get to continue our Moses and Exodus study from Grapevine Bible Studies, we’ll be working on this in the mornings after a long leisurely breakfast on the porch. This was requested from Princess who is throughly enjoying this new study.
2. Write a letter to a friend. Pixie really needs some more practice writing sentences to gain confidence in sounding out and spelling words. To make sure she’s progressing in this skill before the new school year begins, I’ve been requiring the kids to write a letter to someone before they can have any kind of screen time. Kids often balk at writing assignments, but I find writing to a friend can be a bit more enjoyable. It’s fun to put your letter in the envelope, put on the stamp, and take it to the mailbox. We’re hoping we’ll get letters in return and continue our writing throughout the summer.
3. Read, read, read! Princess will be beginning 3rd grade in the fall (sniff) so she’s been beginning to practice reading chapter books the last couple of months. Right now she’s reading The A-Z Mystery series, and Pixie has been starting to work on her 1st grade leveled readers. No screen time before reading time!
4. A+ Math Interactive Princess didn’t finish up her assessments with this program this year and I went ahead and registered for a free 3 months with this company. I’ll have her keep working on the addition, subtraction, and multiplication portion of this program so she’ll be ready to go this fall. This will also help me plan our math lessons for next year. Reading her assessment score will enable me to push or pull back depending on her ability level.
(See my review on this math program here)
5. Reading A-Z I’m tutoring another student in reading this summer. While I’m preparing lessons and activities for her, I’ll also go ahead and have Princess do a few of the activities as well. This is a great resource to practice reading fluency, comprehension, and word skills.
6. Piano Lessons I fell really behind this year with piano lessons. We’ll be returning to our Friday afternoon lessons with a lot of practicing during the week. Pixie needs a refresher on remembering notes and Princess just needs to continue leaning new songs and keeping that desire to play.
7. Scrabble My kids are not the best spellers. Princess loves to play games so she found a Scabble app on my Nook. I’ve come to realize that this game is perfect for her to practice spelling and to become a more confident speller. Plus, it’s a game. It’s a lot more fun to learn when you’re playing games!
Our schedule for the day will be a lot more lax. We won’t be beginning at 8:30 like we do during a normal school day. We like to hang out on the porch in our pjs and eat breakfast in the mornings so we’re not ready to begin our bible study until much later in the morning. It didn’t take too long to get the kids into the swing of working on these skills before they ask to watch t.v. or play on the computer. I don’t feel like the wicked witch anymore when I tell them they have to keep reading and writing through their summer break. They are automatically doing it on their own!
What do you do with your kids during the summer?