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11 Ideas For Summer Learning

Summer vacation is an antiquated idea. When a much greater part of the population farmed and relied on that as a way of life, kids were needed to work the fields in the summer, so school went on a hiatus. Today, unless you are running a large-scale operation without workers, you probably don’t need to put your kids out in the field all summer long to survive. It’s time to question the notion of taking ten whole weeks off from learning. That’s ten weeks in which your kids can forget a lot of what they learned. In traditional schools, it’s typical to spend a week or two reviewing at the start of the school year. You can avoid that waste of time by continuing schooling throughout the entire year.

This is not to say that you have to have a rigid structure and schedule in the summer months or that you can’t take off a week or two at a time. But, there is no real reason to completely give up learning just because it’s warm outside. Consider the great reasons to use summer as valuable learning time and use some of the ideas to get inspire you to create summer lessons that are both fun and valuable.

Get Ahead or Catch Up

If your kids were in public or private school, they would be at the mercy of the classroom, school, and district schedule. If they fall behind, it’s up to you to help them at home. If they are bored because the work is too easy, they are wasting time in school. As a homeschooler, you have the freedom to pace your children in the way that works best for each of them. If you schedule certain benchmarks and learning goals for the year and one child gets behind, you can catch up in the summer. If another child learns very quickly, you can help her get ahead.

Avoid Burnout

When learning at home, you and your kids can both experience educational burnout. Especially if you are working with a strict, regimented schedule throughout the school year, it can begin to feel like schooling is all you do. If you break up your yearly schedule of lessons, taking week or two week breaks here and there, both of you get a chance to relax and recharge. Spread your lessons throughout the entire year instead of cramming everything into nine months.

Teach the Value of Learning

Hopefully, by teaching at home, you are instilling a greater value for learning in your children than they would receive in a school. Further that by showing them that a three-month break from education is not something to be desired. Our society places such value on that vacation time as if learning and going to school are chores that no one could possibly enjoy. Help your kids learn to love learning by keeping up with lessons, and making them fun.

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Ideas for Summer

Use your imagination for your summer lessons. Now is the time to think out of the box and try something new. If it doesn’t work, that’s ok. Just try something else. Summer lessons should be fun, relaxed, and enjoyable. Also consider letting your children direct summer learning. This is a great time to let them explore their interests and discover new subjects and books.

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