Written by contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling
It’s the last day of school for us, which brings us relief and freedom from the shackles of “required learning,” materials we need to cover to satisfy the school requirements. But what to do with the two-three months ahead?
Usually we have a somewhat relaxed homeschool during the summer, continued learning, but at a much easier pace, with a lot more outdoor activities and playtime thrown in. I don’t want them to go completely cold turkey on schoolwork because that would make August that much harder.
At the same time we could all use a break, so this year, I’ve asked the kids to come up with a few summer goals of their own — what they would like to accomplish schoolwise and otherwise?
Work on penmanship? Learn to type? Memorize all multiplication tables? These might need a little parental input to come up with. Encourage your child to work on something they’ve struggled with throughout the year. Some focused practice might be just the thing to get them over the hump and help them be that much more ready to take on the challenges of the upcoming year.
It is also important that there be fun goals as well, such as learning to ride a bike, building a rocket, or baking a fabulous cake from scratch.
Having goals ensures that they have something to work on and strive towards this summer and avoid having “nothing to do.” Once they’ve memorized those times tables backwards and forwards, or mastered that bicycle, you can all celebrate.
At the same time, don’t get so caught up on accomplishing goals that they become a chore. Keep your list short and doable — start with five and add as needed. Remember, the key is keeping it cool.
Lastly, don’t forget to pencil in some days for doing a whole lot of nothing.
It is summer after all.
How do you plan on spending the summer?