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School During the Summer?

Whether you choose to do year-round schooling or not, sometimes it’s nice to go at a different pace for the summer months. There are many different ways for children to continue learning over the summer without even calling it “school”.

Summer Projects:

Teach your child how to code! They’ll have a blast learning how since it’s more like playing a game than “learning”, plus it never hurts to know more about computer programming.
Our favorite websites for learning to code are: Scratch and Code.org  These are geared towards all ages, so even adults can practice and learn how to code quickly. There are examples and an assortment of projects for all levels, so the challenge never ends.

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Work on science projects, science experiments, engineering skills, life skills (lawn care, cooking, automotive care, etc.). The list is limited to only what you can imagine.

Here are some links you may find helpful.

Engineering Ideas

Science Experiements

History & Geography Projects

Summer Camps:

Music camps, art camps, science camps, sports camps, theater, dance, and gymnastic camps, and so on. For those living in the Mobile area the possibilities are endless. Check out MobileBay Parents for a list of available camps.

summer reading 5thgradeSummer Reading:

We can’t forget about summer reading! Our children are both pretty good about reading daily, but for the summer I try to make sure they expand their interests a bit more and try other things.

Here are some of the books we’re reading this summer. The Greek Gods book I’m reading aloud to them and the I Love People is a writing/thinking book I have both children working through together.

There are many Summer Reading programs available to help encourage your children as well. The Mobile Public Library has a great one, plus there’s the one from Barnes & Noble where your child can earn a free book.

Summer Schedule:

A typical week-day in the summer when we’re at home looks like this:

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This is a simple checklist I use to make sure we stay on track.

  • Wake up (typically 7 – 8am)
  • Listen to music, read, draw, or play in their rooms
  • 9am Read with Mom (I read, they listen, we ask questions and discuss after each chapter)
  • Get dressed, eat breakfast
  • Morning chore
  • Play outside
  • Write & Draw/practice Cursive (twice a week)
  • Math/Language Arts (twice a week)
  • Social Studies/Science (twice a week)
  • Eat lunch
  • Electronics time (I break up the electronic time into 1 hour segments)
  • Art
  • Read Aloud
  • Outside chores
  • Play a board game/card game
  • Silent reading
  • Electronics time
  • Play with Legos
  • Afternoon chore

On the days when we have VBS, music camp, martial arts camp, etc. our typical day looks like this:

  • Wake up (typically 7am)
  • Get dressed, eat breakfast
  • Morning chore
  • ———-> summer movie, visit the park, VBS, etc.
  • Play outside
  • Outside chores
  • Silent reading
  • Afternoon chore
  • Read with Mom
  • Electronics time (typically this is right before dinner)
 
 

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A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

Asking what our typical day is like is not an easy question to answer, but I’ll do my best.  Keep in mind that just because this is how our family chooses to do things doesn’t mean it will work for you and your family.  Part of the beauty of homeschooling is being able to adapt to whatever works best for your children.

Here goes, the typical daily schedule:

7:00 breakfast
7:30 morning chores (make bed, brush teeth, etc.)
8:00 pledge, prayer & Bible story
8:30 handwriting & spelling
9:00 English
9:45 Math (written portion)
10:00 outside time
10:30 Music, Art or Spanish – depends on which day of the week it is
11:00 Math games (manipulatives, flash cards, etc.)
11:30 Science or Social Studies – depends on which day of the week it is
12:00 lunch
1:00 Reading lesson & practice
1:30 – 3:00 quiet time – playing in their rooms or playing computer games quietly, occasionally we’ll watch a movie together during this time
3:00 outside time
4:00 free time
5:30 dinner
6:00 evening chores, clean-up
7:00 Reading practice (either using Raz-Kids.com or reading a book aloud)
7:30 bedtime (often it’s past 8pm before we turn out the lights, but technically 7:30 is their bedtime….)

You may be wondering why I included our whole day and not just the school portion of our day.  Well I think it’s important to see the whole picture to understand how we can re-arrange our day when life happens.  Sometimes we will have morning doctor appointments or some other commitment so our schedule has to be adjusted.  This is a very flexible schedule so that any of the subjects could be flip-flopped with another one if needed.  Since any written schoolwork is a huge chore for our first grader I have scheduled all the written work to be done very early in the day.

Once a week our children attend co-op classes with other homeschooled children through Evergreen Christian Academy.  We meet at a local church and though there are many, many different classes to choose from, our children are currently taking a Health/PE class and Beginner Legos.  The co-op Health/PE class has been extremely beneficial since it’s very difficult to play freeze tag, kick ball and a wide assortment of other group games with just three of us.

On top of all these things we make a weekly trip to the library to check out educational dvds, books for fun, and books for learning.  I usually add a stop at the local feed supply store to this trip as well since it’s on the route.  This takes a good 45 minutes out of our day once a week, but what we miss out on during the late morning we can easily make up for in the afternoon.  All-in-all they are learning, and I feel it’s more important that they experience life than to stick to a really strict schedule.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in My Thoughts on Homeschooling

 

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