Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer School

I am a meany.

For all intents and purposes, we've had about 3 weeks of nothing. nada. zip. to do.  It was great!  Kids played.  I trashed my schoolroom, looking for items to sell.  I caught up on laundry.  I avoided grocery shopping (although I shouldn't really be proud of this, huh?).  Went on a few day trips.  It's been lovely.

However, experience at this mom/homeschooling thing has led me to conclude that too much of nothing is NOT a good thing. I cannot remember if it was the summer after 3rd grade of 4th grade, but one year we did no math at all -- and I cannot tell you the chaos that came upon us in September.  Honestly, it was as if Ben had forgotten to add!  Tears, tears, tears.  And he cried, too.

Since then I make an honest effort to do a little math over the summer and, of course, read.

This is everyone's plan for Summer School 2011:

Ben:  Finish Singapore Math 6A; Mad Dog Math drill, Read for 30 min. (I'm selecting some of his books), and do a little grammar daily (since we got a late start on Easy Grammar 6)

Luke: A lesson of MUS Beta daily, Mad Dog Math drill, Read for 30 min (he's doing this so well!)

Levi:  Read an I See Sam book to me daily. These books are working very well for him.  We're almost at the end of the 2nd set of books and I'm seeing him sound out words in his head, then reading much more fluently.

Lest you think I am just eating bon-bons while the kids are doing all this (really, it takes less than an hour daily, not including reading), I have a few assignments myself:
  1. Go through Teaching the Classics to prepare for teaching literature next year
  2. Prepare Lesson Plans using Donna Young's Quarter Planners by subject.  I think this will save my sanity next year.
  3. Read Ben's literature books for next year (at least a couple from the first quarter, then I'll try to stay up on his books as the year progresses).  
 What does your summer school look like?


Mary said...

We school year round, but typically our summer schooling is lighter because it is when we are winding down and finishing things up. We still do the basics, but when history and science finish, we don't pick it up again until August, which is when we always kick off our new year.

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Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

What? No bon-bons. ;)

We school year-round as having the regular routine just works for us. It also allows us to take breaks here and there throughout the year.

MommyKuehner said...

We school year round also. We are able to take break by doing it this way so the kids feel like they are getting more time off. We can spread it out better. In the summer we keep it limited so that we can have lots of outside playtime:)

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Jennifer said...

We have slowed down a lot for June but plan to do even less schoolwork in July. Then August 1st we will start back full force.

Rodna Allman said...

We still do stuff too. I am focusing on PAl for reading with my son. We are also still using the I See Sam readers too.
I am focusing on spelling with my daughter this summer. We are doing other stuff too, but this is what we are focusing on.

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Cindy said...

I remember those gets better as they get older...I don't feel the need to school during the summer anymore...thankfully :0

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Unknown said...

I love that you're keeping the kids academically busy during the summer. My kids are fighting it, but learning will prevail!

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Heather said...

Hi from the crew:) I was trying to school year round a bit, but the kids are determined not to--my two oldest have jobs and are just tired, lol. So, I am taking the break, too~I do miss the schedule, though!

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