Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer School

We have homeschooled for 12 years. For most of those years I have planned to continue with our educational pursuits during the summer. Every time, I hit July 4th and crash and burn and give up on doing "school." We end up doing more "unschool" activities during the summer.

Now that our children are older children are high school and middle school age, there are academic subjects like math and foreign language that we really don't want to let slide during the summer. However, we don't want our kids (or their mother) to get too burned out either.

So this is this years attempt at "summer school." Henry gives a check list to each child before he leaves for work in the morning. We also have rules like no recreational computer use before noon and a limit of 1 hour of recreational computer/tv viewing per day.

I will keep you posted on how well it works.


Tiffany @ As For My House said...

I, too, have begun using a "checklist + guidelines" approach to summer work. So far, so good.

I like that fill-in-the-time spaces... I'm definitely stealing that! Thanks!

Angie said...

I have never liked to think of myself as one of those mothers who school year round, but I find myself falling into that pattern this year. It's mostly because we haven't finished the curriculum yet, and I feel guilty about that. I do like a more relaxed pace throughout the summer though, and working on improving reading and retaining math facts mastery.

This summer I'm trying to ease from one curriculum to another, by teaching critical thinking and persuasive writing. We'll see how it goes.