Use Fun-School to Keep Learning All Summer LongTicia Messing
Back when I was teaching summer school we joked about the summer slump where the kids finish the school year and promptly dump their brains of everything they learned? Or they remember just a little bit, but they’re certainly not where they’re supposed to be.
The good news is as homeschool moms we can conquer the summer slump.
The obvious ways to keep the learning going
We all know you can do field trips during the summer, or watch all the educational shows on Netflix. Let’s face it. We all have pinned at least five posts listing educational shows on Netflix. And we have probably watched more Wild Kratts than we care to admit.
You can finish those math workbook pages you didn’t do during the official school year. But, to be honest who wants to grade more papers?
And field trips in the summer means crowded museums as all of the public school kids are there too. And did I mention already having seen all the Wild Kratts I care to?
You know all of those cool ideas you pinned on Pinterest during the school year? The ones you were sure you’d try, but didn’t get to? I take all of those fun ideas I didn’t get to during the school year and turn them into fun-school for the summer.
I pick a theme for the week, do a bit of research at the library (who knew my library had 40 books on Columbus?), and come home with a few dozen books for the week.
Then I pick one activity to do per day.
It’s as simple as that.
Last year we had just finished CKE Earth and Space, and my space-crazy son wanted to do more activities. Since I had about 10 more ideas we didn’t try on my astronomy Pinterest board , we had a life in space week.
We also studied The Mystery of History Vol. II, and there were too many fun Middle Ages ideas to fit in. I had plans to do two more weeks of Middle Ages fun-schooling, but family vacations interfered.
This year, I’ve got lots of plans. We’re almost done with The Mystery of History Vol. III, and I’m already planning a week on the Conquistadores and some field trips around Texas to visit significant sites related to them.
I’ve also got plans for some Colonial America weeks. We’ll take some time to learn about Colonial games and maybe some fun LEGO history. I’m sure we’ll watch Liberty Kids.
Oh, and geometry. This past school year, we studied circumference, but the kids did not fully grasp it, so I’m sure we’ll be dragging out all sorts of fun activities to do with this.