As others are taking their long awaited breaks from school, this family jumps into high gear next week, after enjoying a more leisurely spring schedule with lots of outdoors time. I had a conversation with Sarah, who inspired me to take a bit of a different approach for my summer schedule.
We will start our work at 9am and finish at noon. From a list of things that need to be done, they get to choose what to do first, second, third etc. We will cross off whatever has been done. Friday is our unschooling day, during which they get to work on anything they want to.
We will do this for four weeks, then take one week off, then start over. It seems to make no sense to me to take a 3 month break during the summer. The kids will forget everything they've learned, and at some point will get bored. At the beginning of the new school year, they'll have to redo work from the last school year. Where's the use in that?
The materials we're currently using are Math U See, Critical Thinking books for reading, grammar, writing, social studies and more, Hooked on Phonics, Bob Books, Handwriting without tears, and a couple of other workbooks.
And then, thanks to Rooster X and his lovely better half, we are finally going to start a "work for screen time" for our kids. We have taken a pretty relaxed approach to the kids' screen time, and it has totally backfired at us. So much for Extreme Unschooling. Sorry, folks, it ain't workin' for us. The kids get to do small, medium, and large chores to earn a certain amount of screen time. They're not in love with the idea, but they both understand. I'll report how that works out for us.
The nicest thing about this summer, though? Park days!! Long afternoons at the park with a bunch of really cool homeschoolers. There's simply nothing better than that.
And, what's going on in your lives this summer???