Monday, June 13, 2016

From the High School Lesson Book - Transitioning to Summer School

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A long time ago, when we started homeschooling, we hadn't really intended to school year round. However, years of taking family vacations in autumn instead of summer, and taking longer breaks around Christmas, and making the necessary adjustments to our school calendar has brought us to this point. We try to finish schoolwork around the middle of June, but we kind of never manage it. Or at least not entirely. So here we are, transitioning into our version of Summer School again. Here's what it will look like this year!

Yes, Landon graduated, but just like his older brothers, there are a few things on his assignment list that aren't 100% complete, so he'll have some school days this summer. The grades certainly don't matter at this point, because the final report card has been issued, and the information for the transcript is already submitted. But I will still keep track and at the very least, will mark those last few things off as completed in the Homeschool Tracker Online rather than delete them! What he will be doing is completing the Consumer Math program he'd been working on, and finishing up the reading in Exploring America (American history). The Consumer Math program is a practical course that gives students the basics on banking, taxes, savings and investment, loans, and budgeting; and I would require him to do it whether or not he'd received the credit for it. So since he was pressed for time during the last couple months of the school year, I had advised him to kick this to the bottom of his priority list, and he could finish whatever was left over the summer. With Exploring America, he's near the end of the text, but it's interesting reading, and the Biblical Worldview teaching included in it is valuable, so he will just finish up the reading.

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In addition, I will be giving him a few extra writing assignments to give him some additional practice just in case he does wind up doing some college classes in the fall. I feel like essay writing is a skill that we didn't practice enough during the past year, and I don't want that to be a problem for him going forward.

Kennady has some schoolwork from the year just ended to finish up, and will be getting a bit of a start on next year. She'll be completing her Geography course, and doing some Math. Honestly, I feel like it's usually a good idea for kids to keep doing some math pretty much year round, and especially if they struggle with it and tend to forget what they've learned after a long break. I've been expecting my kids to do a little math here and there through the summers for just about as many years as we've been homeschooling. Kennady also will finish a lit study we've been working on. We're sharing our review of the Progeny Press guide to The Scarlet Pimpernel this week, but will continue on until we've finished the entire book. And speaking of reviews, we will be starting on  The Power in Your Hands from Writing with Sharon Watson so we can review that in a few weeks. So yeah, being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew has meant that we do some school over the summer too. In this case, it will be a head start on her Grade 10 Grammar and Composition work, as we'll work on it during the review period, which is until about mid-July, then take a break before continuing in the fall.

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For record-keeping, I create an extra "semester" in my Homeschool Tracker Online called Summer School 2016, and then change the due dates of any incomplete assignments from the school year just ended so they fall into the new semester. I will mark what they do as Complete but without any grade, unless it's something I want to include in the 2016-2017 school year. Then the graded things - like the Writing with Sharon Watson course - can be shifted into the new school year once I set it up.

Summer School has become somewhat normal for us, and I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing. Not like the negative idea I had of summer school when I was growing up, anyway! Yes, there's an element of it that is a negative consequence for not getting work done earlier, but it's also a practical way of spreading out schoolwork,  and organizing our calendar so we can take breaks when it works best for us.

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BARBIE said...

This is our first year homeschooling. This summer, aside from Crew Reviews, we will be working on reading, lots of reading, and some grammar practice. Have a blessed week Kym!

Annette Vellenga said...

My lad is on a light schedule over the summer... he does his favourite program (veritas press history and bible) and he has to keep up his math... BUT we take random days off and we vacation and we have birthdays and Dad will say... no school today. :) It's all good right? Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I left an answer for you there.

Kym Thorpe said...

Barbie, I agree that reading through the summer break is an excellent use of time!

Annette, we do the same - continue with a light schedule, but willing to drop school for a day or two whenever we'd like to. Yes, it's all good!

Thank you both for stopping by and commenting!

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