Homeschooling in the summer is really relaxed. Summer lessons are the majority of hands-on science that we did not finish, piano, nature days, foreign language and finishing up leftover curriculum. There are several easy ways to homeschool in the summer.
Since I started trying to maintain about 2 hours per day in “summer school” our lessons are more relaxed and the kids are attentive. One of the main ways this happens is through timing. First thing in the morning is not good for us in the summer.
The summer schedule is is set for two weeks on, two weeks off. Rotating subjects and days keeps school flexible and less stressful. Making lemonade and creating fun projects like constructing a raft takes over.
For attendance I do count the days. Planning nature days is more fun. In the summer more opportunities are available. Staying up late to research what time lighting bugs come out is included in a science lesson.
Our reading comes from the summer reading program. Earning prizes here is a lot of fun and helps them keep track of what they are learning.
That is learning too…right? Learning how to schedule our own time and be accountable. Independent thinking.
Easy homeschool days a few days a week in the summer helps out in the winter. During sickness, or unexpected events there are fewer setbacks in attendance, and curriculum.
Benefits of Homeschooling in The Summer
What I am seeing as a benefit to homeschooling in the summer is:
1. Children open up their minds more to ask questions.
Nothing is required or forced. No schedules, no workbook pages, just natural curiosity. Summer can be more nature related. Everything is in bloom and the weather is nice. The setting for easy homeschool is actually more relaxed.
2. Outside field trips are easier.
Taking field trips in the summer is easy. Creek stomping in the winter is not possible. Trying out a science activity with flowing water is darn near impossible. Most winter field trips take place indoors.
3. Shorter time and no schedule.
Not having to follow a schedule and keep pace with curriculum is nice. Easy Summer homeschool for us allows more freedom and interest-led learning.
4. Less workbooks and grading.
In the winter, the focus is more on our workbooks and curriculum. Summer to me means no grading, and less workbooks. As previously mentioned, if work is unfinished then we use the summer to catch up.
Alot of homeschoolers are starting to school year around with a breaks in between. Follow me on Instagram @momsarefrugal for more adventures in homeschool and saving.