Year round homeschooling is becoming a popular alternative to the standard school schedule. Moms around the world are seeing the many benefits this method of homeschooling provides. I have a few tips to help make your summer schooling feel more like a new adventure and less like old hat.
1. Take your homeschool outdoors.
This is pure common sense, but take your school work outdoors when it is warm. I live in an area that stays cold for most of the year. When it finally gets warm by the end of May, we know we have about 4 months before it turns cold again. We soak up every minute of sun we can get because we know it isn’t staying for long. Enjoy the heat while it lasts! If you live in and extremely hot climate region, plan to be outdoors during the cooler hours in the morning and evening.
We also focus more heavily on certain subjects during the summer like nature study and science because we can be outdoors more.
2. Don’t let rainy days ruin your adventures.
We often bring our children in when it starts raining, but consider letting them stay out. There are so many new things to explore when it is raining. The worms come out. There are mud puddles to jump in and mud pies to be made. We might not always like the bath time aftermath, but it is important to let the kids explore during the summer months in ways that they just can’t when it is cold out. Have the kids write up or give an oral report about what they discovered!
3. Mix up your curriculum.
Even though I love the benefits of year round homeschooling, I always hit a summer slump. I get tired of the same old content. I want something new and exciting to cover with the kids. Summertime and even the holiday season is a great time to mix up your curriculum content in an effort to re-energize everyone while still learning.
I personally think that summertime is a fantastic time to focus on unit studies that interest your children. It is also the perfect time to cover material you desire to fit in during the regular school year but you never get around to it.
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4. Make summertime an adventure.
Even if you are homeschooling year round, you will still want to take advantage of the same things others do during the summer months. Homeschooling year round doesn’t mean you have to be slave to your curriculum or your routine. Make summer schooling an adventure by getting out of the house, changing up your focus in learning, and enjoying all that summer has to offer.
Go camping, take a vacation, take advantage of community summer sports programs, spend time at the farmer’s market, maybe even start a small business with your kids.
It is so important that we remember that all of these are still considered educational in their own right if you make them so. Camping can include a lesson in nature study, science, and survival skills. Community sports covers physical education and a trip to the Farmer’s Market could include lessons in health and agriculture. Ask your favorite booth if they would consider letting you come and visit their farm for a day for a field trip.
If you are going on vacation try and make a road trip out of it visiting historical sites and museums. Have your kids research their favorites and write or recite a report about what they learned.
There are so many ways to make your summer schooling less like a chore and more like an adventure. Education comes in so many forms and the summer months provide new opportunities and experiences that the whole family can enjoy and learn from.
What are you doing this summer and how are you turning it into an adventure full of learning and fun?