But we homeschoolers, well, let's just say we do things a little differently around here.
Near of the end of the school year we have finished several subjects early and already our load has been lightened. When the final book is read and last workbook page is completed, we - well, we start again.
Yes, I admit, I do usually give the kids a week or two off but then it is time to get going again.
Seriously, how much pool and fun can one family take?
We thrive on schedules. I am convinced that the key to peace and happiness is a schedule.
OK, maybe not, but you get the idea. How many times do you hear people bemoaning the fact that they are ready for school to be back in session after just a few short weeks of summer fun? All-the-time!
Why? Because their kids are bored. The parents are tired of playing tour guide and entertainer, are short tempered, and have run out of things to do.
It is a recipe for disaster.
I do not even want to go there! So we don't.
We do summer school.
Yes, it is on a revised schedule. (I am not THAT mean) But it is school none the less. They all have summer reading and we require about an hour a day for that. Some of the kids actually have to be told to get their noses out of a book! We usually continue with math at a review level. I am not pushing for the kids to finish school at age 15, but I also do not want to have to spend the first month of each "school year" having to review forgotten skills because of a three month break. It is a complete waste of my time and theirs. An hour or so in the mornings of work is not going to kill them, and at the very best, it is teaching them to be hard workers and diligent.
This year I have found a 10 week program for my 1st and 6th grader that reviews what they have learned in those particular grades. Because it is broken up into days and weeks, it is easy for them to follow on their own and so they will spend about 30 minutes a day doing that as well. My 10th grader will continue Spanish and begin duel credit online classes.
Will they still have fun? Of course they will. We do like to have fun around here, I promise. Lots of field trips, time outside, and fun with friends. But we also want to make good use of our time and continue to emphasize the importance of learning. While it may not be an official "school day," everyday is about learning. Even in the summer!
What about you? How are you filling your kids' summer days?