Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer School?

We finished up our “school year” last week.  Within less than 24 hours I’d earned the title of “slave driver” from a non homeschooling friend, because I said we don’t take an extended summer break.

So, let me share my thoughts on the topic.  After all, it is my blog…heh heh heh.  First of all, I don’t feel that learning is something that starts in September and ends mid-June.  The summer months are perfect for nature studies, messy science experiments, and lazy days reading when it’s too hot to play outside.  This does not mean that the children will be chained to their desks all day grinding through lessons.  (That’s the problem with smart kids, they figure out how to pick the locks early.)

Also, at this age, a 3 month break means you lose a lot of what was learned.  The curriculum manufacturers realize this as well.   Typically the first 6-8 weeks of a curriculum is reviewing and mastering materials from the previous grade.  So, if we work at a relaxed pace over the summer on those 6-8 weeks worth of work, it keeps the skills fresh and sharp.  Then in the fall, we’re ready to tackle new math concepts.

What will we be doing this summer?  I’m glad you asked!

I’ve changed most of our curriculum for the upcoming year.  I did however stay with Abeka for 2nd Grade Math for Olivia, and for Kindergarten Math for Lindsey.

Olivia and I will start working through Level 1 of First Language Lessons and also All About Spelling.  Lindsey and I will be working our way through “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”.

Both girls will be required to read daily.   I’ll combine this with the summer reading program from out library to get a little extra motivation and accountability.

We’ll also be doing field trips, bug catching, gardening, eating popsicles and enjoying life together.  So don’t freak out if they learn as they go….it’s NORMAL.

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  1. I totally agree with the short Summer break thing. My kids actually ask to not have "off all Summer!" They are old enough to feel the diff of getting back to school if we've taken off 3 months, or 6 weeks. Also, we started a Spelling that they LOVE (Sequential Spelling). Now that they are asking "can we do spelling now" there's no way I want to drop that! We do a year round schedule and take those 16 weeks worth of breaks through out the year. It works well for us! We have a lot of trips planned this Summer but the reading, writing and daily math will continue for *most of it. Enjoy your Summer with your sweet girls! :)

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