Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes that is beginning algebra and other math. And yes it is currently happening at my table in the middle of July 😆. I’m that homeschool mom.
We do take a “summer break” of sorts. I finish formal lessons in early May. They take some time off of school altogether. But something inevitably happens every July. My sweet little barefoot kids turn into feral beings that become “BORED!” The lack of routine and days of freedom get to them and the bickering begins. Sunshine, fresh air, and outside adventures are no longer enough. Too much free time has led to boredom. So back to routine we go.
This week we started back to school. No formal lessons that I am teaching. But starting their morning with independent study. Focusing on math and reading. After some independent study time, chores. By the time they’re done, the day is well under way and they’re more than happy to find something to be entertained.
This is what I love about homeschooling. The flexibility to teach when we want. Do what works for our family. This week that means breaking out the math book for my oldest and my other two have reading books. Next week it may look more like fishing if the salmon start to run. Always learning. We don’t have a set schedule to be off all summer and grind all fall, winter, and spring. Year round to keep a rhythm and let them set the pace has become our main focus. I’m seeing lots more interest and growth doing it this way.
I’ve been busy planning the end of our Kindergarten year and planning FIRST GRADE! 😱 (how do I have an almost first-grader?). For first grade, we will be doing an Ambleside Onljne/ Story of the World mash-up. Anytime I see a curriculum that tells me what I need to do on precisely which day at what time, hives pretty much break out instantaneously all over my body. You can’t tie me down, baby. 😂🤣😆🙈 But we will be following the general guidelines for Ambleside Online in terms of daily and weekly work, and using the AO Year One Booklist. We “do school” year-round. Which doesn’t mean that the kids are trapped inside at desks in the summer. 🙈 It means we read books outside (can you really count reading good books to your kids as school? Yes, but it’s delightful, not torturous) while kids are eating breakfast and lunch, and manage to find two 10-minute blocks of time a day for math and phonics. That’s it. It keeps us in rhythm and prevents any summer slumps around here. And we’ll have a week off coming up here for me to go to the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati with my Marmee! (While Daddy will be in charge at home! 👨👧👧)
We have almost started all of our classes back up for the new school year. .
We take a couple weeks off before starting our new school year. Then we add in our new classes over a couple weeks time period. To ease everyone into the new year.
We have been homeschooling the kids year round for years now. It prevents the "I'm bored" syndrome 😉. We also have kids with sensory issues that thrive on routine. Take them off of their routines and you will have major issues. .
I also find that science is better to do during the warmer months. Observing plant and trees, getting pond water, and watching animals or insects isn't so easy in the winter months around here.
Plus taking off for vacation, sick days, etc whenever without gwtting behind is a huge bonus!
December 15: Come spin the dreidel, make sparkly cookies, and make a latke memories! 🕎 https://www.flourpowerstudios.com/register/northhills/awholelatkefun
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Yesterday’s holiday family cooking event was spectacular (and can we say they made some of the tastiest gingerbread men we’ve ever had?) 👌One more special holiday event this Friday—gingerbread house decorating! 🎄🎄🎄 https://www.flourpowerstudios.com/register/northhills/kidsnightout
Monday mornings should always start off this sweet!
The boys start track out today so we made breakfast and made their beds for them 🛌
These lucky kids don’t go back to school until January, so essentially they are on an extended Christmas break 🌲
Delicious recipe courtesy: @allrecipes