We homeschool over the summer, without taking a break. We do this, so that we could easily take breaks during the year and so that we could be more relaxed about following the curriculum.
How We Homeschool Over the Summer
We follow a relaxed homeschooling schedule over the summer. My number one priority for each child is to improve their weakest area as well as to read a lot. This is why our summer days always start with 30 minutes of reading in either English or Russian ( and then we do 30 more minutes in the second half of the day in the second language, so the kids read for at least an hour a day, every single day.) My eldest child would often read for more than that, because he loves it.
Every book the children read, they have to write a report on. The 6 year olds write two sentences, the 9 year old writesa a page or two. This activity helps the kids to summarize, understand and read attentively.
After reading, each child has one assignment in one subject only. Today, I can ask the child to write a couple of paragraphs ( or copy two sentences, if they are little.) Tomorrow, I can ask them to do a chapter of math. The day after, they would have to do a chapter of grammar. Typically, one assignment takes 30-40 minutes, so the children are busy with school for one hour a day, and all the subjects get covered with zero gaps!
In our free time, we are tackling history this summer, as we were weak on history this school year. We are also memorizing European capitals this summer, whenever we have time. These activities can easily be done in the car, in between all the fun summer trips. We also play the piano and keep on studying foreign languages, as these subjects do not benefit from long breaks.
My toddler requested “school,” too, so I spend 30 minutes with him every morning, learning letters and numbers and shapes, playfully.
I found the following materials helpful in learning over the summer: Thinking Tree books ( various subjects,) Scholastic Math ( various subjects.) Thinking Tree allows the child to think, dream and journal while they are learning and Scholastic’s workbooks are both educational and fun. I also find nature journaling to be an excellent summertime activity, as the kids are in nature a lot, anyway.