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    Default What does your summer school look like?

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    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?
    Yes.
    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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).
    Rebecca
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    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.
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    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.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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