Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Homeschool Learning

It's here, summer that is. What a great time of relaxation for many homeschooling families! Some families take the entire time off and just let life happen. Some families pull back just a little and allow for more down time and chillaxing while other homeschoolers continue schooling full steam ahead. What about you? How do you handle summer homeschooling in your family?

Around our house we normally continue homeschooling during the summer but in a way more relaxed atmosphere. We like to do enough to stay sharp. Summer weather allows for plenty of outdoor learning. We have been known to catch tadpoles as we learn about food chains, visit the library for special programs, go on nature walks with a "gotta find list", play at the park by our house as we experiment with lessons on force, stargaze at night, work in our vegetable garden and play chef in the kitchen, help Dad with fencing projects and caring for animals around the farm, and when it's too hot outside, we like playing online educational games like the ones at Vocabulary Spelling City.

This slower pace helps recharge us, Mom included. I think we all need to take time to unwind and recharge ourselves. When back to school creeps up, we are once again excited to get going AND we are still in the habit of schooling, which makes life so much easier for all of us.

Please take time to share what your family does during the summer season.