Summer Vacation for Year Round Homeschoolers

Summer has arrived and my boys are ready to hit the beach. Actually they’ve been ready to hit the beach since March! We are year round homeschoolers but I do plan a two month break during the summer. From June to July we are officially on summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean that the learning stops.

What Summer looks like when you homeschool year round

What Summer Looks Like When You Homeschool Year Round

When I tell people that I homeschool year round they often asked me, “Well what about summer?” We take a lot of breaks during the year but summer time is the longest.  We don’t stop all of our lessons during the summer but we do scale back.

Here’s what we continue to do over the summer:

  • Reading: we love to read in our home and that doesn’t stop just because we are taking a break for the summer. My boys continue to read everyday and I continue to read aloud each night.
  • Spelling: my oldest still works on his spelling words during the summer. This is because I don’t want him to forget the rules and skills that he has worked so hard on. I don’t pull out the curriculum to work on lessons, but I do have him help me write the grocery list or do a few rounds of hopscotch where I call out a work and his hops on the letters to spell them.
  • Math: We continue with out math curriculum through the summer. We use to take a break from math but then I noticed that my son was losing big chunks of information. So we keep going. We also play math games (like money bingo) and work on flash cards to keep those math facts fresh.

I know that may seem like a lot of work to do when you’re on vacation but we don’t do it everyday (except for reading). We spend 10 minutes 2-3 times a week on math and maybe 15 on spelling on a different day. I keep things short and fun for my boys during the summer. I don’t want them to feel overworked.

We also spend a lot of time hanging out and having fun!  We spend lots of time outside, at the park, the pool and the beach.  We go see the free movies over the summer and the free bowling for children.  It is really a good time of rest and relaxing so that we can all be recharged for the new school year.

As a homeschool mom, I take this time to pray and evaluate our progress from the year. I also sit down and write out goals for the next year and write out my lesson plans for the year.

How do you spend your summer vacation??

 

LaToya Edwards contributor at Heart of the Matter Online

LaToya Edwards is a certified biblical life coach, writer and speaker with a passion for encouraging and equipping women to find their passion and purpose. She is also a single, homeschooling mom of two boys. You can find LaToya blogging about homeschooling, parenting and learning to find God’s purpose and plan in broken circumstances at www.LaToyaEdwards.net .

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  1. Hi, La Toya. We don’t follow the brick-and-mortar school schedule either. Math, Reading and Spelling are the main subjects we work on, too…I would only add writing to that. Like you, reading is something we do on a daily basis. Not so much as school work, but because we enjoy it. My son is doing a writing course through Time4Writing and a free HTML course that we found online for homeschoolers.

    I see you continue spelling throughout the year. We do the same with our youngest daughter because she has learning challenges and I don’t want her to forget the ‘code’. So we use SpellingCity.com. It’s a fun online program for spelling. It’s free, though we do have the Premium membership which is about $30 for the year for up to 5 students, I think it is. We use it to make our own vocabulary lists we take from books we are reading each week. This helps her with comprehension.

    We’re ready for summer, too, though…the beach, specifically. We live in Florida and have been having a lot of rain. Maybe this week. :)

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  2. I haven’t started writing with my boys just yet. We are 99% Charlotte Mason so we do lots of narration. I’m working with my boys on do well with oral narration and comprehension before moving on to written narrations. Probably in a year for my oldest. I’m in FL too, my boys are tired of the rain as well LOL

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