Preparing for Summer Fun…Even When Homeschooling Continues

Like some other homeschool families, our family homeschools year round. I do this for several reasons. I function better with some sort of a routine. We don’t have nearly as many struggles with too much electronics time if we have a schedule planned. If we cover some of our state required attendance days in the summer, we can take off longer around Christmas time. It works for us.

But because we continue homeschooling into the summer, my kids sometimes miss the “end of the year” fun that their traditional school friends seem to have. So we’ve found some ways to change up our summer schedule and do things differently, allowing us to still have some summer fun…even though our homeschooling continues.

Ideas for summer fun while year round homeschooling

 

We operate on a different schedule.

Although we aren’t early morning people, we try to begin devotions by 9:30 on school day mornings. In the summer, we don’t have a definite starting time, but we get up later and move slower and start later. We are a little more casual with time in the summer. Although we try to keep up with a modified routine, we don’t have a strict schedule, and we cover fewer school subjects each day.

We pursue more “fun” subjects.

I’ve often wished I were brave enough to be a delight-directed homeschooler. There is just something in my control-loving self that won’t fully let go. I worry about not covering material well or missing out on something. I worry about standardized tests. Uggh. But, in the summer, I feel a little freer. And I like to pursue subjects that interest us. We take the time for unit studies and lapbooking and just reading good books. More often than not the kids look forward to the curricula we’re using in the summer. They enjoy doing school each day.

We incorporate summer traditions.

We have certain activities that we love to do every summer. We join the local Y. We watch the $1 summer movies at our local theater. We have a trip to the beach. Some of the kids pay for their own season’s passes to the local amusement park. All of these things “interrupt” our summer school schedule, but we make time for them and enjoy them as we look forward to them each summer. When I sit down in the spring and plan our summer calendar, I map out our activities first and then plan our school work around that.

We make time to spend with traditionally schooled friends.

The kids have some friends who attend traditional schools. We also have homeschool friends who keep a more traditional schedule. So, even though we continue to school all summer, we try to make time to spend with those friends. Because those relationships are important, I work out our school schedule, so that we can go to the park, the bowling alley, the skating rink…or just hang out with our friends.

It’s possible to continue homeschooling through the summer while still having some summer fun. We can make some modifications to our schedule and continue learning while changing things up for a break.

Do you take a summer break? How do you make summer learning different?

 

 
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Leah (6 Posts)

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.


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A Week in the Life of A Homeschooling Family

I have no idea if we are a typical or untypical homeschooling family as I’ve never actually sat in with another family for their homeschool day. There are a lot of posts on the net sharing how days go for homeschoolers. I have written a few myself {here, here, and here; there are undoubtedly more}.

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I’m going to attempt to condense our week into this post without making it too long. The image is from my son’s school schedule that he fills in each week {but looking at it, the left side, that’s my handwriting; sometimes he misses things and I have to ‘help’ him with that lol}

Sunday:  Up at 7:30am, feed the cat, make coffee, shower. Eggs for breakfast; everyone else is up. Leave for church at 9:30am; get home about 12:30pm. Eat lunch, go grocery shopping. Hubby usually naps the rest of the afternoon. Finish laundry started Saturday. Hopefully get dinner made or at least started. Leave for church at 5:45pm; get home about 7:30pm. Eat? Make sure laundry really was finished. Play a game? Head to bed by 9:15. Watch a show with hubby {lately it’s Chips}.

Monday: Hubby gets up at 6:00am and wakes me at 6:30am; I feed cat, make coffee. Shower? Kids up about 7:00am. Morning walk? If the weather is nice. Round Table: hymns, prayer, art study, folksong, drawing. Daughter works on some school; heads off for class at 10:50am. Son gets comfy on the floor near the heater vent to do school; narrates throughout the day. Work on science and math together if necessary. He uses computer upstairs for Duolingo. Chores. Daughter home about 4pm; school work, chores. I go work on my school stuff. Dinner started at 5:45pm; ready by 6:45pm. Hubby home around 6pm. Eat dinner. Kids head downstairs to use ‘screen time.’ I work on more school stuff. Might get a game in with the kids before heading to bed as usual around 9:00pm for evening tv show watching with hubby.

Tuesday: Same as yesterday morning but daughter is also awake. She leaves for class at 7am something; will be home about 1pm. No Round Table or walk. Get to work with son on school; it’s mostly independent. He does chores; I study school or read whatever is in my current reading pile. Daughter gets home and son demands her attention. *wink*  Back to school for the boy; chores. Evening is about the same as Monday. Sometimes I will head out to a Charlotte Mason group that meets once a month. That is from 6:00pm until… I get home. The last time it was after 11pm.

Wednesday: Repeat Monday until the afternoon. Dinner is started at 4:45pm or 5:00pm; leave for evening church at 6:45pm. Get home about 8:15pm. Relax until bedtime.

Thursday: Repeat Tuesday, except daughter leaves again at 4:30pm for another class. Sometimes we get a game in but she may be busy with homework. Sometimes she works after class, sometimes not. If not, she’s home about 7pm. My first assignment for the week is due on Thursdays so I am usually finishing that after dinner.

Friday: This is like Monday or Wednesday morning. After lunch we have tea time so someone usually makes a treat to have. We take turns reading from a book {right now it is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe}, play a game, watch a movie/show, or just drink tea and eat the goodie. This is also the day we usually do errands if we have any. By the time we are done with errands and tea time, the day feels done! But it continues on of course. Dinner is made and eaten; kids watch a movie and play games; hubby and I *might* find something worth watching {it doesn’t happen often as we are apparently picky movie watchers}. Bed time is still the same: 9ish.

Saturday: Sleep in! This day I let the kids sleep almost as long as they want- but one of them has to feed the cat. I refuse. Breakfast is pretty much ‘fend for yourself.’ If we do not have plans for the day, the kids do chores, eat lunch and then have screen time. I work on school when I’m not doing housework, laundry, or something crafty. When the weather gets nicer we’ll spend more time outside. The afternoon pretty much mirrors other afternoons. And then it’s bedtime.

Sometimes we do have doctor’s appointments. Those we try to get done in the morning, and on a Friday since that’s the day our daughter doesn’t have outside classes. Occasionally we have other things we do, such as meet ups at church, or group activities with other homeschoolers. The latter has become less since the kids are older. It seems homeschoolers we know are mostly younger.

That is pretty much our week. Most of the time it feels like the same ol’, same ol’ thing. It gets mundane but it’s predictable. We can be spontaneous, and are. Sometimes.

How does your week go? Care to share a day at your house?


North Laurel (21 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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