Homeschool Through the Summer

Yes. You read that right, we homeschool through the summer. Homeschool Through the Summer - Modern Momma Musings

Yes. My kids still have plenty of time to hang out with friends and play at the park, pool and anywhere else we might want to go that day.

Most people think that because we homeschool through the summer, my kids are missing out on so much of the summer fun. What they don’t understand is that my kids are still having a great summer. When I say we homeschool through the summer, I am not saying we do the same workload as we do during the year, but we do get some things done each week.

For our family, schedules and structure makes a world of difference in our day. Having a routine for the day, helps avoid meltdowns (although we still have them sometimes). When everyone knows what is expected we all can work together to get things accomplished.

Our days go a bit like this:

5:30am – I wake up

6:15am – I take a walk with a friend

Between 6:00 and 8:00am – kids wake up but stay in their room until 8:00 for breakfast

Between 8:00 – 9:45am – breakfast and free time

10:00 – 11:00am – swim team practice

11:30am – lunch and morning basket time (this will sometimes spill over into the noon hour)

12:00 – Sugar Plum goes down for a nap and the big kids do school work while Sugar Plum naps

2:00pm – afternoon activities (gymnastics, pool, park, etc.)

6:00pm – dinner

6:45pm – free time

Between 7:30 and 8:00pm – kids quiet time in their rooms (this fluctuates with the activities of the day)

8:30pm – lights out (this also fluctuates with the activities)

So as you can see, there is still a lot of free time each day.

For now, we try to get a weeks worth of work done in 2 weeks instead of one, so I spread their work out and let them pick what they want to do each day, the only things that must be done are math and reading. After that they have the choice on when and what they do from their planner.

Homeschool Through the Summer - Modern Momma Musings

As for the morning basket, I have our bible readings, prayer time, a few read-a-louds, geography, etiquette, Pilgrims Progress, Parables from Nature, poetry, music, artist study, Shakespeare, tall tales, and a few other things. Basically all the things do as a group. We don’t read everything, every day, Bible, prayer, poetry, geography and etiquette are the every day items, but we read a bit from a few other selections each day. I rotate through my schedule for the week so the readings are done for that week.

Another perk of homeschool through the summer is that we are able to take off a few weeks whenever they are convenient. We have taken many impromptu vacations in the past few years during the off-peak times because we had the flexibility in our schedule.

Homeschool Through the Summer - Modern Momma Musings

So while homeschooling through the summer may not work for everyone, it works well for our family and as long as it’s working, we will stick with it.

2 thoughts on “Homeschool Through the Summer

  • June 16, 2017 at 7:55 am
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    We tend to lighten out load considerably in the summer but usually do some school work year round; math and reading are required everyday and we sprinkle in other subjects as we want to. This year we are taking the month of June off… and the way I am feeling lately perhaps we’ll take July off too! I just love that homeshcooling is flexible enough that I can do that.

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    • June 16, 2017 at 7:58 am
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      Flexibility is definitely one of the perks! Enjoy your June and July!

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