We won’t really be finished our regular school work (well, only math really) until the end of May. Mainly due to my limitations, we needed to slow it down a few times this year for math instruction, so we’ll be going a little longer than originally planned. While we wrap that up, I’ve been excitedly pulling together plans for our summer studies. We definitely slow it down, but for the sake of all we’ve learned over the school year we don’t take a total brain break in the summer.
Here’s our plan —
Math – I’ve ordered the Life of Fred 4 Book Elementary Set to work through. We have never used Life of Fred before. I’m starting with the first elementary set. I want to use each book one room schoolhouse style with my whole crew this summer, adapting as necessary to each of their abilities. I realize my oldest, maybe my oldest two, might not learn anything new, but they will have the chance to review and have the joy of learning and sharing what they know with their younger siblings.
Also, my two oldest guys who have already begun Saxon math work will continue to review 20 flashcards daily throughout the summer plus do math grammar copywork. For example, this year my oldest has learned dividend, quotient, fraction, division, obtuse, etc. Using Brandy’s directions, I created math grammar packets for each of my guys. If you’d like to do the same, you can download and print them here — Saxon Math 1 and Saxon Math 3. When completed, they’ll add these to the math tab in their classical notebooks. Since my guys are firmly in the grammar stage, this math vocabulary is part of the foundation they’re laying for future learning. I’m quite sure that forgetting these math terms over the summer would only make math harder next year, which I definitely want to avoid!
[If you’re looking to create some handwriting worksheets of your own, this handwriting website is great for creating and printing sheets quickly. However, note that worksheets generated on this site cannot be saved. Since I want to use these packets again and again as each of my littles approaches the various math levels, I needed to save them.]
Reading – We’ll be reading our way through the Picture Book Classics: Ages 4-8 section of Honey for A Child’s Heart. During the school year we follow a 36 week schedule of reading from Ambleside Online, which my littles have LOVED! We’re planning to continue that next year, but will be taking a summer break for classics of a different kind. I’m pretty excited to jump into this one! There are so many great books that I remember from my childhood, like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and Corduroy, plus so many more that none of us have read yet like Whose Mouse are You? and The Little House.
Bible – We’ve been picture, ponder, praying various Bible passages all school year. My littles love it & I love getting the peak into how they’re processing scripture. While our scheduled reading is complete, we’re now going to read and picture, ponder, pray verses or passages based on various character themes, like patience and love.
Science/ Nature Studies – Getting outside lots is our only plan for nature study! We have so many great parks near us. We’ll be exploring and bringing along our nature study bags to document, draw, and collect. For days where we need to stay inside, we have nature guides and pictures from our travels that we can research and draw.
Geography – We are still not doing map blobbing as much as I’d like us to and I know it’s super important for the educational path we’ve chosen and for our goals for our littles. We’ll be using Brandy’s, from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, continental blob mapping resource. I’m excited to see the progress of my littles over the summer as we focus more on this work.
Extras – We’ll keep up with our piano lessons and independent reading plus some fun soccer lessons.
We’re keeping it classical and focusing a lot on memory work and reading. Of course, we certainly won’t be doing all these things daily and it will all be dispersed among baseball games, summer swinging, picnics, bike riding, swimming, and more – perfect for my grammar age littles. Oh yeah and we’re expecting the arrival of our new little baby this summer, so there’s that! What are your summer plans? Or are your schooling year round perhaps? I’d love to hear!