Five Reasons to Try Homeschooling This Summer

We remember more easily in summer that the world is a marvelous classroom.

There’s much to be said for good ol’ summertime–the weather, the fun, and the much-needed vacation time.

Yet summer can be, for families contemplating homeschooling in the fall, a wonderful opportunity to explore educational options and prepare mentally for the road ahead.

Why?

Well, I can think of five reasons of the top of my head:

1. In the summer, our regular routine is broken. There’s freedom in that, chiefly because we look at our lifestyle choices with fresh eyes. We see what is working… and what isn’t.

2. The change in routine reminds us that we can adapt. The rest of the year–our calendars busy with to-do lists and set schedules, we parents tend toward pessimism and entropy thinking modifications to “the way things are” are impossible. It’s worth noting that in the summer many families–especially those who struggle with the idea of how to work and homeschool–find that there are resources available to them for daycare. Or they figure out how to cobble together a workable solution.

The reality is that, in many instances, similar opportunities are available (or can be made available) year ’round.

3. June through August, museums and cultural organizations offer more outreach programming geared to youngsters. That’s no accident. They are doing it on purpose, to generate ticket sales. But per this post, many are starting to see the wisdom of targeting homeschoolers (including unschoolers, a sub-group) throughout the year. This is a trend that I’ve seen in our community. Again, you can use the summer months to scope out options that might supplement your family’s curriculum during the school year.

4. You can “try before you buy” a bit of homeschooling and see what works. Take a week out of the summer and do some intentional curriculum planning using free lesson plan workshops. You can go DIY or even pick up a workbook from the bookstore. (BrainQuest is a great, reliable series.) You can also visit your library to pick up homeschool-related books. (A collection of my favorites are here.)

Keeping in mind that you don’t have to schedule a full 8 hours to “teach” your kids,  see what happens if you intentionally allocate some time to learning. Truly, even 15 minutes a day playing  a board game will be helpful (especially if you are inclined toward unschooling).

Remember: keep your expectations in check. There will be some trial and error. That’s natural, especially as you figure out what works. Yet with practice you will likely discover that homeschooling is a lot easier than it sounds. 

5. Whatever the outcome, experimenting with homeschooling in the summer helps with learning retention. Let’s say that you decide to return your child to public school in the fall, even after you’ve tinkered several weeks with homeschooling in the summer. Odds are that your kids will remember a bit of it heading into the fall. Yes, even if you just focus your energy on practicing skills that they learned the year before, your “pupils” will be better prepared for returning to the classroom.

 

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Five Reasons to Try Homeschooling This Summer

11 thoughts on “Five Reasons to Try Homeschooling This Summer

  1. LOL… I just wrote an article about this over at Examiner! 🙂 There are many reasons our kids are in public school, but we do a LOT of home schooling throughout the year and in the summer. This summer I decided we’re going to play with and learn about the Scientific Method.

    I had to giggle – yesterday we went to a bbq with friends, and their 16 year old daughter is almost done Grade 9. We got talking about science. Hubby asked her what the Scientific Method was. She stumbled through it, but our six year old girl twin blurted out the answer (albeit in kid language). She got all but one step (research). I was impressed!

  2. It’s a win-win situation whether you decide to keep on homeschooling full time, part time, or not at all. A great summer of sharing with your children.

  3. Hi there! I was linked over from facebook, and thought I’d enter! I’m looking to start homeschooling my son in the fall – he’s an energetic, intense, creative, brilliant little boy who I have been told needs to avoid the public system like the plague (he would start JK in the fall, he is not physically capable of meeting their attention demands, and is capable of a great many things not taught until later). I would absolutely be interested in the Homeschool 101 workshop!

  4. NinNH says:

    I’m planning on doing a bit of summer homeschooling with my 2 girls, 7 and 12. The oldest needs more individualized/tailored instruction than the school is providing. My youngest just wants to learn about everything!

  5. I plan on trying homeschooling for my 8-year old this summer because her 2nd Grade G&T curriculum still does not meet her academic needs. She was tested recently and she scored at 5th to 6th Grade level in reading, math, science and humanities.

  6. Jenny I says:

    My older kids love school and learning – and there is no reason to stop tat learning during the summer. I am always looking for ways to help them expand their knowledge and make new experiences

  7. My husband & I have discussed the possibility of homeschooling since our daughter was just a baby. We can’t help but feel that teaching at her home would be better for her alround. She is so smart and because of her late birthday she has to wait almost a full year after she turns 5 to start K. She will turn 5 in October. We don’t want to wait that long..

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