Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Relaxed Summer Learning on The Homeschool Post

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In our homeschool, even though we loosely follow the traditional school calendar, we do not take the full summer off. This fall I will start my twentieth year of homeschooling and somehow I still haven't got the knack of planning and following through so that we are completely finished every subject by the time I do final grades in the first week of June. There are always a couple of subjects that we're "close enough" but we still need to finish up over the following few weeks.  I've also found that it's helpful to have some structure and keep certain subjects fresh over the summer. And since we prefer having extra time off in the fall and around Christmas, we start our new school year sometime in August in an attempt to get a head start.

There are a few ways we've adapted our school year so that we can still be doing some learning during our relaxed summer break. Most years we spend some time wrapping up the year. We review and remember, especially in subjects like math, and encourage lots of reading. Doing a bit of schoolwork during summer breaks helps us keep a little structure to our days, so we're not too lazy! Summer break is a great opportunity to fit in some field trips, near home or while on vacation. If we can get a head start on the new school year in August, that makes it a bit easier to stay on track when we take time off in the fall and around Christmas.

Join me over at The Homeschool Post for the rest of this post about relaxed summer learning during summer break. And as always, you'll find lots of helpful articles there about all kinds of homeschool topics.

How are you making the most of summer learning opportunities? Leave a comment and let me know!

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