View Full Version : What does your summer school look like?

02-20-2017, 08:46 PM
I'm curious, if you school year around, what does summer look like in your homeschool?

What do your days look like? Do you finish up, catch up, work on projects, refine skills, spend time on topics you don't get to during the school year? Is it business as usual?

Walk me through your typical summer day.

02-20-2017, 10:40 PM
Even though we will only be completing our first year of homeschooling this year, we will be taking the first half of summer to put together a complete year of activities for next year, and also plan out Benchmark test prep for Jae (3rd grade requirement). The second half of the summer will be geared toward finding a group(s) located around our area. We are in North East North Carolina, and a majority of the groups in our immediate vicinity are pro-religion. I will be venturing into South East Virginia for like-minded families. We will also be on the lookout for extracurricular activities, and going on trips next school year. For the majority of this school year we have without our own car, and it has been difficult but next year will see A TON more things done away from home.

02-20-2017, 10:58 PM
The summer will look much like the rest of the year. The activities might change up because there are more things to do in the summer, but the general education part won't. But I don't use a curriculum and so there is nothing traditional about our schooling.

02-20-2017, 11:11 PM
Our typical summer:

Morning - wake up, eat breakfast, go outside. Most of the days we stay around the house. We have plenty of land and lots of things to do/places to play in. There is a vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch, chicken compound, pasture, pond, beach etc, etc. The kids just play, or help me and DH with actual projects, or go riding. Once a week there is a park day with our HS group.

Day - in between 12-3pm (or 11am-4pm in mid-summer) I want everyone out of the direct sunlight - inside or in a shaded gazebo/on the deck/under the trees. Lunch, and then it is 'school' time. We continue whatever everyone is working on in their math and LA curricula. Plus read-alouds, explorations, projects, free reading time, piano practice, chess etc etc. The kids can pretty much choose whatever they want to do, as long as it is meaningful and educational.

Afternoon-evening - we are outside again. Stay on our property, drive to one of the parks or lakes, drive to the pool, go on a bike trail, horseback-ride at the neighbors. Eat dinner, go to bed when it gets dark.

We do about the same amount of 'school'-work as in fall/winter/spring. Yes, we spend MUCH more time outside, but there are no extracurriculars that take up a lot of time in September-May.

02-21-2017, 01:13 AM
What do your days look like? Do you finish up, catch up, work on projects, refine skills, spend time on topics you don't get to during the school year? Is it business as usual?

Summer schooling is usually about half-strength, and breaks for more important things going on, like cousins coming to town. (Without something to do, the boys veg out on electronics all day. I like for them to have stuff to do more than they do. Or to be able to say "stop doing X, go do Y instead".)
We will probably finish up our earth science course, which we started late, and the Singapore Dimensions 7b, which we started A in January. (Singapore 6 was all review, breezed through it Sept-Dec.)
After that, we will probably do something that looks more fun (not everyone sees pre-algebra as delighfully as I do).
I will probably ask that he be reading something too.
We run the A/C from the end of June through October... and dont do much outside in that time.

02-21-2017, 04:32 AM
AM, our a/c will probably start sometime in April or May. Last year we were in the high 80's by early May. I don't do heat well (or cold well for that matter, though my definition of cold now starts at a lower temp than it used to after spending a few years in Indianapolis, and western NY).

This year, our summer school will probably look much like our regular days. The count for "official purposes" won't start until the end of June, but we'll probably take a week or two off and then start back up. I noticed this year that it was MUCH harder to get going after a long break than it was after short breaks. So, unless we move again (not happening while Tech lives with us), we'll probably remain with short breaks.

02-21-2017, 08:45 AM
I hope to put ds in camp 5 days a week depending on expense for a month or 6 weeks. We'll still go to the library and museum, but won't have any formal plans. Then we will start back up on the regular schedule in late July or early August when the weather is too hot to be outside after 10.

This may change. This is my 6th straight day being alone with the kids with DH at work during all of their waking hours. So camp is looking very, very good.

02-21-2017, 10:38 AM
Thank you all for your responses.

In years past, my kids have attended summer rec, combined with out of town guests and trips we have been busy in the past. Summer school consisted of reading and math. No one wants to go to summer rec this year, leaving us with a lot more time on our hands. But, school as usual, *shivers*, no thank you. We need a break from our regular routine! So, I need ideas and a plan, or else, like Alexsmom said, they will veg out on electronics all day.

I'm thinking. . .

We'll use the mornings to be outside, run errands, do activities or swim.

School will start around lunch when the heat starts to kick in. I think we will focus on things that get dropped during the school year, polishing some skills, and a little bit of finishing-up. As far as stuff that gets dropped - that would be some of the Bravewriter stuff (movies as literature, revising free writes, poetry teas, word games). Math - continue in our books, but take days off for the usually dropped math games or puzzles. Polish up - ds needs some focused spelling work and dd needs to increase multiplication table speed. We need to finish up some history documentaries. We usually watch these during lunch, but are a little burnt out, so they have been replaced with a Simpson's episode lately (haha). I want to include some new stuff. I'd like each kid to pick a couple goals or projects for the summer, then map them out (for example, I want to shave X seconds off my butterfly time, or I want to learn about desert biomes). I want to work with ds on the transition from oral narrations to written. Maybe we'll work in the Mosdos books I bought and have yet to open. Then, of course, reading.

Afternoons will be for screens, more free time and swim team.

Of course if something better comes along, we'll bag school. I'm thinking we'll run this schedule for 2-3 months, depending on when we feel motivated to hit the books (probably around the time the PS kids go back).

02-21-2017, 12:13 PM
Our summers are very similar to the rest of our year. Since we are not very structured, that means the days vary a lot. The biggest difference is that some of the outsourced classes will not be taught in the summer.

02-21-2017, 12:46 PM
Carrot and stick. We did school stuff before playtime. So that meant we finished up around lunchtime then she could do what she wanted.

When we started homeschooling we had to school year-round because we couldn't get through the work assigned (and we were juggling how working at home and homeschooling "worked"). I also worried about losing skills (hard-won skills) over the summer...so we pressed through, doing studies that bridged the two school years.

Now there would be outright rebellion if we went through the summer. I still worry about skills loss, so she still has to do Irish and math every day during the weekdays of summer. And I kind of assign books to read or listen to...but otherwise summers are fairly light and breezy.

02-21-2017, 02:13 PM
When the kids were younger, we did school-lite in the summer. They were voracious readers anyway, so they continued with that. We'd ditch the math, but use vacations and summer camps as "school."

When they reached high school, each of them separately took a college summer class one summer, and both worked part-time since 15, usually with more summer hours, so we didn't do much formal schooling outside of that.

02-21-2017, 06:00 PM
After last summer in Texas, I'm planning to spend more time out of doors in the next few months and then hunker down inside for the summer and catch up on schoo then! We have 2 weeks vacation in June, though, and then we'll spend a month at Lake Tahoe, so I'm not sure how it'll pan out. I might do school-lite in Tahoe, depending on who is visiting. If we're back home we'll get back into our normal routine.


02-21-2017, 06:06 PM
. . . . spend a month at Lake Tahoe. . . .

Oh my - sounds dreamy!

02-21-2017, 06:32 PM
I like to feel officially done with the school year by the end of May. Then I feel like what ever we do in the summer either keeps us from losing ground or puts us "ahead". My guidelines are that it be done by noon, which usually limits us to 3 or 3.5 subjects a day and that school is appropriately levelled (7 th graders do the same amount, 3rd grader does less).

First priority are languages and math then writing or science. Reading and piano happen outside of school time.

In July people are at camp or we are traveling so we don't do anything, but by the end I usually start history which everybody enjoys and doesn't think of as school. It is a nice ease-in, a good slippery slope, ha ha.

02-21-2017, 09:18 PM
I don't understand why ALL school years are the same, pretty much regardless of where you live. Although, that is changing somewhat. UP where my husband lived, they don't start school until after labor day and don't get out until the end of June. Meaning July and August are their summer months. Which are good months for them. But soooooo hot down south. Where we live school is out by the end of May and starts the very first of August. If only they started right after Independence Day and got out first of May. Then we'd actually be able to enjoy the best two months (May and June) off. And maybe with summers staggered, every vacation place wouldn't be so packed over the summer.

02-22-2017, 01:50 AM
We did 'homeschool light' last summer - Lots of field trips and a field trip journal, lots of reading together and alone, a smattering of screen time mostly on PBS Kids. It worked pretty well, so the plan is to do the same.

02-22-2017, 12:30 PM
We continue math all summer and do the library's summer reading program. Last summer, we also did science a couple of times a week.

02-28-2017, 01:23 PM
Summer is usually a lighter than the rest of the year with more breaks to do family activities and things with friends that aren't HS. This summer we will probably focus on science since the kids are really enjoying it right now. I found this program (https://www.lessonplanet.com/teachers/study-guide-for-the-movie-the-core-6th-12th) and we have been able to get a lot out of it.

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03-06-2017, 03:09 PM
We usually take two weeks off at the end of our spring quarter, and then continue with regular table work, with camps thrown in on occasion. This summer we are a)broke, b)ready to DIY remodel the bathroom (we've been buying materials slowly over the last five years), and c)I want to pick up some freelance work.

Several of M1's materials wrap up at their current levels at the end of spring. Instead of immediately moving on to the next level, he'll take a break from them, and continue with Math, Modern History, and Marine Science. We'll use Bravewriter exercises (copy work, dictation, poetry teatime), and I'd like us to experiment with some photonovel software. The Ms will be expected to help with the house, gardens, and chickens, and the science will get us out of the house a lot.

M2 will continue his reading lessons and sometime around August I'll start sitting him down more often with Miquon and HWT, or Brain Quest, whichever suits him. He'll tag along on everything else, and can participate as much or as little as he wants.

03-07-2017, 10:11 AM
We learn year-round. Summer is usually a time when we get a lot done. Our summers are mostly 100+ degrees and dry, so we hunker down for the unbearable times. We are more mobile and interactive when the weather is milder and public school is still in session. Time we take off has evolved through the years, depending on the current learning projects, summer camps, baby being born, etc. We don't have a set time every year for learning vs. time off. It has become a pretty natural rhythm, and we seem to get what we need done. I used to worry that we were not doing enough, but then after times of seemingly doing nothing there would always be a flurry of super investigation and amazing growth. Sometimes boredom is just the thing to kickstart a passion for something. It has shaped our learning schedule (rhythm) into periods of organized focus that shift into some resistance, then periods of rest/play/boredom, then discussion and seeking, then planning, then flurry of passion shifting back into organized focus again. Throughout all the ups and downs there is a constant process of learning and progressing, as well as ownership. It turns out that through all that a definite seasonal pattern emerges!

03-07-2017, 11:39 AM
Usually the same as the rest of the year. Only there's fewer commitments and we go swimming in the afternoon sometimes.

This year it's going to be weird. One ds is doing a five week ballet intensive. The other is doing a three week sleepaway performing arts camp. And they don't overlap!!! Basically they'll spend the summer apart. Eeek. And school will happen within that somehow. We'll see.