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Summer Homeschooling Tips

Summer Homeschooling Tips – I did some brainstorming a couple weeks ago about what our goals were for the kids this summer. In addition to typical summer fun, I realize summer is a great time for growth and to maintain an at-home educational curriculum. Our goal isn’t to make our kids’ summer a scholastic boot camp, we just want them to keep some structure to their day and keep them off their phones as much as possible.


I am not a home schooler, nor do I have any teaching experience, but with younger kids, it’s not too difficult to put together an educational and fun program to follow during the summer months. I came up with the idea when I noticed some areas that I felt my kids needed a little extra help before getting into the next grade. I decided to put together a daily, set lesson plan for the kids to have each summer morning before heading out to play with friends. I thought they might have some resistance to the idea, but when I mentioned it to them, they surprisingly welcomed it. I just need to keep it fun.


I met with the teachers to discuss the areas that I should focus on for the next school year. I bought a dry erase board to post the daily schedule (they love this). I purchased the Summer Bridge Activities books from the local book store (for some guidance and more fun). And, I laid out a lesson plan. Here are some tips

Summer Homeschooling Tips – Ages 6-12

Each day will involve one hour’s worth of work and I’m going to mix up activities and exercises as much as possible with the following

• Work on one page in the fun Summer Bridge Activities guide
• 15 minutes of math problems
• 20 minutes of reading with comprehension exercises (don’t just let the kids read the books, ask questions about the story, have them recite things back to you, ask what they think will happen next, etc. This can also be done at night as part of reading to unwind.
• 15 minutes of music practice (new instrument lessons, online music fun with the Super Duper Music Looper etc)
• 10 minutes of fine motor skills exercises via arts & crafts (cutting, drawing, handwriting, etc.)

While a small part of the summer will be scholastic learning, a much larger part of the summer will be outdoor fun and games. Here are some fun backyard summer fun things to do and FREE summer fun places to go to stimulate the mind (and the senses).

I hope these summer homeschooling tips help.

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