Summer School

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, we will be homeschooling year round.  Our “year” is just about to end and then after a weeklong break, we will start up again.  I’m not a monster though so our summer schedule will be more relaxed and more of the fun stuff.

Here’s what I’m planning and why…

Science: workbook twice weekly, experiment once a week.

*I picked out a Kindergarten workbook because it is between the levels of my 2 girls.  There are 47 “lessons” listed in the workbook but each is a single page and many of them go together easily so I think it will be closer to 20 lessons for us.  During the school year, we do our science at our co-op but that has a very small focus for the year.  We will be doing this brief overview workbook to introduce the girls to more varied science concepts.

Art: twice weekly

*Art is something that I have a hard time organizing or teaching.  The girls have a free range art space where they are welcome to go and create anytime and they use it often.  We also do pinterest crafts fairly regularly but I don’t consider myself very artistic so I haven’t really done any “teaching” as far as technique goes.  We are going to be participating in An Art Habit which is a twice weekly online course put on by Rachelle of Tinkerlab.

Math & Geography: Once a week

First Language Lessons: Twice weekly

*These will just be once and twice a week to keep us on track throughout the rest of the year and so that we have more freedom to take breaks when we want them. I’ll be most flexible with these because I am really just looking to do enough over the summer to give us a head start and keep us from getting rusty.

Jot It Down: daily

*This is going to be our gateway into Brave Writer!  I am so excited to start and I was going over the project ideas with Avery and she is also excited.  I say “daily” but some of those days might just be reading relevant stories or poetry teatime or a quick 5 minute free write.

 

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Our summer “happy place”….we’ll also be taking a 3 week vacation HERE to rest & relax with family!

So what are YOUR summer plans? School wise or vacation??

 

 

 

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Year-round or summer break?

Do you homeschool year-round or take a summer break?

I think we are going to be year-round homeschoolers. First of all, our summers are routinely 115- 120° so we don’t spend a ton of time outside. If we’re going to be stuck inside, we might as well get some work done, right?  Also, we’ve taken week long breaks several times throughout the year for vacations and we’d like to be able to continue to do so.

I am planning to wind down as Avery finishes each subject and then do a week break & celebration before moving her up to the next grade.  She is the type of person who needs or wants that clear definition of when she is done and moving up. She has already finished her geography book for the year and has about 3-4 weeks left of math and writing.  As she finishes each subject, I’m planning that she will just have less to do each day and focus more on any subjects that remain (we’ve apparently taken several extra weeks off of spelling because she has about 8-10 weeks left of that).  We should be done around the end of May when traditional schools are also letting out.

We’ll take a week off, bake a special year-end cake, and maybe visit an amusement park.  Then we’ll head right into our next year! 

So, how do you do it? Year-round? And if so, do you always just keep rollin’ or do you make a definition between the grades?

Like an oven.

As I’ve mentioned before, we live in SW AZ.  It’s pretty normal for our summer temps to be 110.  Several days this week have been or will be 115. There is nothing normal about 115.  Walking outside feels like walking into an oven.  When it’s 100-108? Actually, not that bad (I know, it is ridiculous to think of any temps over 100 as “not that bad”).  Yes, it is hot but we usually have a couple hours in the morning and a couple more before bed where we can go outside and play.  And we go to the waterpark too.  108 seems to be my personal threshold where the temp goes from “Holy crap, its hot outside!” to “Holy hell, I’d rather climb inside my oven than walk to get the mail!”

Sooo anyway, I knew it was going to be extra hot this week so I looked up some fun indoor activities that we could do to keep the kids entertained and not just parked in front of the tv (and if you don’t live in HELL*, you could use these during snowy winter days or rainy days….we don’t have any snow here and very few rainy days.)  We made an early trip to Target to gather some supplies so that there was no need to leave our cozy air conditioned house for the worst few days….

darts

Our dart game was the biggest hit!  Those foam darts were in the Dollar Spot so the girls each picked one out and then we bought the 50 cent posterboard.  I made the different size holes worth different points and we spent several hours playing this game, trying to beat each other, moving the board higher/lower, etc.  K cheated and just walked right up to it but she still didn’t get bored of it very quickly.

balloon

This picture just cracks me up. K cracks me up.  We bought balloons for a few different games but they had the most fun *trying* to blow them up themselves.  We bought a set of large paddles in the $3 Dollar Spot and then used a balloon to hit back and forth and also play ‘keep off the ground.’  We tried the balloon powered straw on a string thing but it was mostly a fail.  I mean, it worked in the technical sense but it wasn’t very fun for the girls.  They couldn’t blow the balloons up themselves so I was doing most of the work and they lost interest pretty quickly when we realized there wasn’t much they could do with that.

We had also picked up new crayons and a giant coloring book (both were on cartwheel!).  And in my gift closet (I buy tons on sale and save for future gifts), I had a bath paint set that I broke out for the little ladies.  We had plenty to keep us busy for the worst of the weather.  They were having so much fun, they forget to beg me to go outside….WIN!

*HELL does refer to the town I live in right now but I don’t actually hate it as that might make it sound.  I hate it this week when its 115 but generally, I really like our town and we have awesome winters….only 4 more months before we start to cool down.)