Updated: Jun 7, 2021
I think we all know the hit song by Alice Cooper, by the same title. "School's Out for Summer" has been playing in my head repeatedly since our last day of homeschool. _ But as a homeschooling parent, it's never really over. During the summer, I assign two readings a day of her choice—one to be read before tv is allowed and the other before bed. I've also set aside a couple of hours on Tuesday and Thursdays to complete worksheets and doing a little prep work for the next school year. I think it is essential that we keep her mind engaged. Plus, Aria has developed a genuine love for reading. So, we have begun incorporating family reading nights, which has been a fun way to wind down after a long day.
Worksheets twice a week
Fun and educational activities(museums, nature walks)
More Baking (it's fun and develops an understanding of fractions)
This school year was very successful! Maybe the most successful to date. I am so proud of all the hard work Ari put in. She is a much more confident reader and has accomplished all of the goals for the school year. She will be headed to 2nd grade and has a lock on 80 of a hundred sight words she should know by the e of 2nd grade, and I am ecstatic about that. Homeschooling isn't easy, but it sure feels good when you see the hard work paying off.
If you are not familiar with my homeschooling style, check out my previous post about why we chose to Homeschool, along with a few helpful tips! So, I usually do a combination of grade levels. So, for instance, when she was in 1st grade, I added second-grade material to our curriculum. It's worth a try. Our kids are usually capable of so much more. I knew she was ready for 1st-grade math in Kindergarten because simple counting activities became too easy and boring for her. I decided to challenge her with 1st-grade math problems, and she loved it! I realized that my daughter loves a challenge. She's a natural problem solver; it's a part of her personality.
So now that schools out for the summer, how will you keep your kiddos' learning? Start by checking out our fun and educational books below! Have a great summer, everyone!