Summer Learning

The following is a post from contributing writer Tabitha.

What does a day in the life of our family look like during the summer?

Boys making bird feeder together

A little like today, probably. Right now we are making lunch and eating, but earlier today we played hide and seek, cleaned, did Geometry make up work, made cookies, emailed Merit Badge counselors, reviewed Cub Scout Day Camp (and recovering…), figured out how to make “Muppet Man” where one person is on another’s shoulders wearing large clothing, played outside, and checked the mail. Repeatedly. Later we will probably watch the rain (and storms), play games, take naps, watch a movie, sort laundry, and various other activities.

Summer is a great time to be a homeschooling family, especially a large one. We have so many opportunities to both spend time together and learn. The little ones learn all the time, but the older ones have more time to spend WITH them and that helps everyone learn a little more.

There’s the library reading program. With that we are practicing reading skills, reading, tracking hours or counting books, and reading some more. We are also spending more time at the library itself.

There is camp for young women. Our daughter camped for 4 days with other young women of similar standards, spent time learning first aid, camping skills, nature themes, and crafts, plus learned a lot about herself and what she believes.

Older sister reading to little sister for library summer reading program

There is Cub Scout Day Camp. We had an adult leader, a Boy Scout staff member, and a Cub Scout attend this year. In addition to the Cub Scout skills learned, there was also group learning, nature, leadership, getting along with others, and just plain loud, boisterous fun. (Moms of boys know this is important!)

There is Boy Scout Camp. Where Mom learns to get along without her older boys, and her older boys learn outdoor skills, character traits, citizenship, and many other things as well as learning the skills necessary to earn their merit badges. They also learn survival skills and responsibility outside the home.

There are many many hours of playing outside.  Structured activities like sports, swimming, or picnics, and the unstructured kind too.  Chasing bugs, nature walks, gardening, and just being outside is all valuable learning.

Girl with bugs!

All of the above adds up to a very busy summer ‘off’ school even though we are also catching up on things not completed during the year. There still will be plenty of opportunities to relax and recover from a busy school year, only to do it all again come fall.

What are you doing, if you take the summer off?

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  1. We are working on math, spelling and reading. I told my kids that if they want the summer off they need to find a summer job on a farm. We do have a lot of fun, too. We are using the AMF free bowling pass, going to the beach and the pool. There is a lot of small online stuff that is free, like CurrClick. The library reading programs are a staple for our summers. Anyone else got any ideas for free fun stuff?

  2. We are keeping up on school a couple of days a week!

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