We usually brainstorm a list of things we want to do each summer and combine that dream list with the things that have to be done to make our summer plans for each child. And I usually make my own list of summer goals as well.
I spent a few hours today discussing with my children individually. We now have a list of outings we want to go on, people we want to get together with, things we want to do, and food we want to eat. And, of course, we plan to relax and swim.
Besides those fun things, we have a few homeschool goals for the summer.
- Select several Bible chapters to memorize.
- Find an enjoyable way to keep up with subjects that are easy to forget: French, Dutch, math, handwriting, music, catechism memory, typing
- Work on narration skills
- Learn and/or practice skills such as sewing, archery, HTML, cooking, writing, and whatever else interests anyone
- Try out Ann Voskamp’s everyday learning links and determine which to keep up with daily
- Finish our debate course
- Read lots and watch good movies
- Journal about the highlights of each week
- Volunteer with a local therapeutic riding program
- Use some of the ideas in the Summer Survival Guide
‘Administration and Professional Development’ Goals:
- Record marks
- Update transcripts
- Plan next year
- Read books for Omnibus (this link is to my scattered thoughts about the program)
- Think about homeschool philosophy and methods, especially narration and mathematics instruction
- Organize books and curricula for next year; buy and sell as needed
This sounds like a lot, but if the work is spread out wisely it should not be burdensome for anyone, and it should benefit everyone. I hope.
What homeschool activities is your family doing this summer?