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 welcomed it! The teachers do a great job making school fun, and it’s worked – my kids are looking forward to having fun learning this summer. 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
Each day will involve one hour’s worth of work and I’m going to mix up activities and exercises as much as possible
• 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 (cutting, drawing, handwriting, etc.)
The best part about these summer homeschooling tips is that they can be applied to children of all ages.